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Winter Warmers - 21st December

Getting healthy for the holidays

Inspirational resident cycles 874 miles – thanks to local fitness trainer!

Local fitness trainer Andy Lewis specialises in training for people with complex mental needs and runs weekly exercise classes at Cypress Court in Crewe. 

Earlier this year Andy inspired resident Alan Gibbs, who set himself the goal of cycling the equivalent of Land’s End to John o’ Groats – without leaving the comfort of the home’s lounge!

Land's End to John o' Groats is the length of the island of Great Britain between two extremities, in the southwest and northeast. The road distance is 874 miles (1,407 km) and takes most cyclists 10 to 14 days.

A keen cycler in his youth, 75 year-old Alan cycles on the static bike in the home’s lounge in 11-12 mile stints 2-3 times per week while residents cheer him on with flags balloons and party poppers. Local MP Laura Smith even visited to show her support.

Alan has ‘arrived’ home in Crewe just in time for Christmas and expects to finish the journey by February.

Activities Leader Glenda Wain said “Exercise is so important to our residents and bringing Andy into the home has benefitted many of them enormously. As well as Alan’s challenge Andy also leads seated group exercise sessions and has even had some of our residents boxing!

Not only is it brilliant for them physically, it’s also mentally beneficial – helping to lift moods and provide a sense of achievement – and shows it’s never too late to try something new!”

 Fit for Christmas at Hallgarth!


In preparation for a little Christmas indulgence, residents at Hallgarth have had their monthly fitness session with personal trainer Simon Charlton.

Everyone really enjoys his visits - he gets the blood circulating and always throws in some jokes, fun and a bit of banter for good measure. Exercising to Christmas carols is harder than you might think - the singing and exercising at the same time can be a bit of a challenge!

But it was a good session, rewarded with tea and scones at the end, and everyone is looking forward to seeing Simon again next year.

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