Leading charity Penny Brohn UK announce new scheme for people living with cancer

Leading charity Penny Brohn UK announce new scheme for people living with cancer

Posted on: 04 Oct 2019

Leading charity, Penny Brohn UK, has announced a game-changing scheme for people living with cancer.  


In partnership with The Bodyworks Project, the new scheme offers gym-based activity programmes and advice to people living with cancer.


Based at the charity’s national centre in Pill, the initiative includes drop-in clinics, one-to-one or paired training sessions and small group classes.

Bodyworks Project @ Penny Brohn UK

Recent research has shown that being active before, during and after cancer treatment can help reduce fatigue, improve quality of life and reduce the risk of recurrence.


“At Penny Brohn UK we recognise that people affected by cancer need more than medicine to live well,” explains Marian Naidoo, the Services Director at Penny Brohn UK.


“Regular physical activity provides a range of physical and mental health benefits and can help manage side effects and even reduce the risks of cancer progressing or returning.


The project has been designed to offer a safe and effective physical activity programme for people living with cancer and will be led by personal trainer and co-founder of The Bodyworks Project, Alisa Burke.

Alisa from The Bodyworks Project

“The Bodyworks Project and Penny Brohn UK have created a welcoming, inclusive and uplifting boutique gym environment for anyone undergoing cancer treatment where they can be active, get specialist advice and feel part of a supportive community,” says Alisa. 


But why? Penny Brohn takes an integrated approach to cancer support, acknowledging that there is more to health than what is going on inside our bodies. Mind, body, spirit and emotions each play a part in our well-being.


With this in mind, Penny Brohn UK operates free adult residentials, day courses, group sessions and one-to-one therapies which aim to assist people to reclaim control of their health; to recover what it was that made them feel whole in the first place, and to rediscover the joy of living.


The new partnership is another addition to Penny Brohn’s holistic support for people living with cancer. 


So, what’s on offer?


Drop in Clinics: Monday at 16:00 or Friday at 14:00


Visit the gym for a chat with Alisa or to ask any questions you have about being active.


Small group classes: Monday at 12:00 or Friday at 11:30


Circuit style exercise classes for anybody living with cancer and their supporters. Focusing on different aspects of fitness. 

To book, call 0303 3000 188 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk


To find out more about Penny Brohn and to see the other activities offered, head to their website. 

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Kate Hutchison


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