An active life in Borders fight against cancer

Volunteers are being sought for a unique programme to help Borders cancer patients to lead more active and fulfilling lives.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 9th May 2016, 9:57 am
Updated Monday, 9th May 2016, 11:02 am
SBBN Move More Borders cancer programme
SBBN Move More Borders cancer programme

Macmillan Cancer Support and Live Borders are working in partnership to develop Move More Borders, a programme of physical activity designed specifically for people affected by cancer.

Traditionally cancer patients have been told to rest but research by Macmillan Cancer Support has shown being active during and after treatment can improve physical and emotional health and help minimise the side effects of treatment.

Macmillan has invested £132,000 in the programme which will include walking groups, a gentle movement class, circuits-based activity classes and gardening.

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Live Borders is now looking for volunteers to help deliver the activities, like leading walking groups and gentle movement classes, and provide support in exercise classes.

Training will be provided for each role with classes due to be held weekly from July.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Live Borders added; “Our aim is to enable people of all ages and abilities to become more active and our new partnership with Macmillan will be a wonderful addition to the activity opportunities available in the region. Its success will be linked to securing volunteers to help to support the activities. I am amazed by how willing the people in the Borders the are to donate their time to help provide opportunities for others and I hope that this unique opportunity will attract strong support.”

To be part of Move More Borders or for more information contact development officer Charlotte Young on 01896 661166 ext 311 or [email protected]