Macmillan’s ‘Move More Moray’ off to a flying start

FOLLOWING ITS LAUNCH at the start of this month the Move More Moray initiative is already attracting a great deal of attention from those living with and beyond cancer.

The result of an investment of £108,000 from Macmillan Cancer Support, Move More Moray is a partnership with Moray Council – the programme is designed for people affected by cancer and includes walking groups, gardening, gentle movement and circuits-based training.

Helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer to ‘move more’ is a key focus for Macmillan. Extensive research has shown that being active during and after treatment is both safe and hugely beneficial and should be available to everyone with a diagnosis of cancer.

The activities, which are all free of charge, will not only help people cope with the side effects of treatment, but also provide an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, build confidence and reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation that a cancer diagnosis can bring.

Head of Macmillan in Scotland, Janice Preston, said: “Traditionally people have been told that rest was best and while it is right to rest at certain times, it is also really beneficial to get moving too. Research shows that being active during and after treatment can not only help with the side effects but also reduce the loneliness and isolation many people feel.

“We realise people may feel nervous about building up their activity levels, particularly if it’s for the first time after treatment or if they haven’t been very active for a while, which is why Macmillan is working with Moray Council to provide this programme specifically for those affected by cancer.”

Buckie man George Flett, who has been attending the circuits-based activity class at Buckie Leisure Centre, said: “Since attending the circuits class I have seen a vast improvement in my fitness and strength. I have now progressed from using resistance bands to kettle bells for the strength work within the classes. It’s a great workout and the instructor is very supportive.”

Move More Moray is free of charge and available to people living with and beyond cancer as well as their supporters. To find out more call the Move More Moray Officer on 01343 563642, call or text 07870 811263 or Email [email protected].