Liverpool grandma ditches painkillers for pilates !!!

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Liverpool grandma ditches painkillers for pilates !!!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

A grandmonther of seven has thrown away her walking stick after taking up pilates and aerobics classes.

Diabetes sufferer Urmin Agenta Gibson has suffered from spinal sclerosis, known as curvature of the spine, for more than three years.

The problem with her back was so bad she needed a walking stick to get around and was taking eight strong painkillers every day.

But after deciding to join Temple Cowley Pools and Fitness centre, where she has been taking pilates classes for more than a year, Mrs Gibson, from Whiston, Merseyside, that has all changed.

The 69-year-old now goes to the gym five times a week and joins in water aerobics, gym sessions and pilates classes.

She said: “The pain started in my back about three years ago and to begin with doctors told me it was arthritis. But they eventually discovered it was sclerosis.

“I was already a member of the gym but when I told them about my problem they suggested I do pilates.

“It is so good, and it really helps. The pain is gone and I don’t need my painkillers or stick anymore.

“I now feel great. The only thing I have changed from a year ago is my exercise regime, so I put all my improving health down to the classes provided at my local leisure centre.

“The classes have not only improved my health and fitness but I really enjoy the social side as well as I have made some really good friends.”

Natalie Oakley, general manager at WhistonCowley Pools and Fitness Centre, said she was impressed with Mrs Gibson’s transformation.

She added: “It’s great to see our members really benefiting from the range of classes and facilities we offer. Urmin is an inspiration to us all.”

Cllr Mark Lygo, board member for sport, play and school liaison, added: “This is fantastic news and I am pleased that a member of the public has used exercise to help them with their illness.

“It is remarkable that Urmin needed to rely on painkillers and using a walking stick and has benefited from our class so much that she no longer needs them.”

New Ropox Changing and Shower Bed !!!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Designers and specifiers of internal school buildings can now deliver a more inclusive changing facility. While a changing bed with a rigid surface may be suitable for many individuals, a shower bed with soft surfaces may be required by others therefore the new Changing and Shower Bed from Ropox offers a choice of surfaces in one unit.

The slats are easily removed so that cleaning the bed between users can be done effectively and quickly. Particularly useful for schools and ‘Changing Places’ facilities where there will be several users.

The standard features which Ropox have always provided include a more powerful motor and frame gives guaranteed lifting of 150kgms; height adjustment of 300-1000mms gives a comfortable transfer and working height for the carer; and the fold away mechanism provides a changing facility where space is at a premium.


Mobility charity’s work placement scheme gets MP’s backing !!!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Merseyside MP Jacqui Smith has commended a local scheme that helps young people with mobility issues to get valuable work experience.

The initiative, which is organised by young people’s mobility charity Whizz-Kidz, has helped 21-year-old wheelchair user Leanna Horne to land a work placement at a local Tesco store. Ms Horne, who is currently studying theatre and performance at university, said: “The placement has definitely given me more confidence and shows that using a wheelchair shouldn’t have to be an obstacle to getting a job.”

She added that Tesco has encouraged her to sign up for its management training programme, which she intends to apply for next August.

Visiting the store, Ms Smith said the partnership between Whizz-Kidz and Tesco and a “commendable and practical way” to help young disabled people gain vital work experience.

Whizz-Kidz has been working with Tesco since it became the company’s official Charity of the Year in 2006.

Liverpool boy finally set to get room of his own !

Friday, March 4th, 2011

A little boy who touched the hearts of Leader readers is set to have his dreams come true.

Work begins next week to build a specially adapted bedroom and wetroom for cerebral palsy sufferer Harley Noble at his Liverpool home.

It follows a mammoth fundraising effort by his family.

Supported by the Leader, Harley’s parents, Christina Lace and Jonathan Noble, managed to raise £7,500 through a series of fundraising initiatives and charity events.

Last summer Knowsley Council, which is paying for the rest of the project, gave the go-ahead for the work to begin and workmen will move in at the family’s home in Prescot on Monday.

Harley, five, suffers from an extremely rare form of cerebral palsy known as schizencephaly, which has left him confined to a wheelchair.

He currently shares a bedroom with his three-year-old sister Lilly, but his family were desperate for him to have his own space complete with adaptations including ceiling hoists.

Since his plight appeared in the Leader, the family have been inundated with donations and goodwill messages from kind-hearted Leader readers.

Christina said: “I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped out, however big or small. It has taken us three years to get to the stage where we are now and we wouldn’t have done it without everyone’s help.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the whole community.”

Music mad Harley cannot wait to move into his new room.

Christina added: “I have asked him what he wants in his room to make it really special. He’s really into music, so he has asked for a DJ room with decks on the wall.

“Lilly is really excited too and she wants a pink room.”

The extension is expected to take 18 weeks to complete.

Christina added: “It is really going to make a huge difference to our lives. We have been trying for so long for this and it’s a huge relief to know it’s now happening.”

New College wing for disabled !

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

A £40,000 investment from the Fairwood Trust will enable Bridgend College to increase its accommodation for students with disabilities or learning needs by a third.

The 24-hour care and curriculum Fairwood wing is an extension of Weston House adapted for up to eight students with showers, a wet-room, WCs, a new dining area and kitchen and a central glass atrium.

It will establish a quiet, low-stimulus sensory area which will include modern audio-visual equipment and game consoles.

Brian Lakin, chairman of Fairwood Trust, described it as a truly exemplary project for young people with very specific requirements and disabilities.