The Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire and Macmillan Cancer Support celebrate a successful first six-months of the ‘Move More’ campaign.

The Sports Partnership is working with Macmillan Cancer Support to support anyone living with and beyond cancer to ‘Move More’ – becoming and staying active at a level that’s right for them.

The project, funded by Macmillan and delivered by the Sports Partnership, has now been effective for six-months and staff are heralding it a success. After initial referral to the programme, a patient receives a free of charge consultation with a specialist ‘Move Move’ advisor who will talk to them about their hopes and aspirations for increased activity. The ‘Move More’ advisor will then locate appropriate activities for the patient to undertake.

53 individuals have been referred to the programme in the first six months, mainly by GP’s, but referrals are also high from cancer nurse specialists and patients self-referring after an initial encounter with the programme.

Di Fox, ‘Move More’ Co-Ordinator for Worcestershire said, ‘People engage with the programme for a variety of reasons including the desire to lose or gain weight, to improve their mood or to increase their energy levels. The primary purpose of the programme is to provide behaviour change support to anyone with a cancer diagnosis who wants to get back into physical activity.’

‘The activities requested are wide-ranging, from Nordic Walking to Tai Chi.’ As one participant said, ‘The class was wonderful, I could feel my muscles working.’

For further information on the Macmillan Move More programme in Worcestershire contact Di Fox on 01905 542381.