Hucknall Leisure Center will offer free membership to people living with Parkinson’s disease

The leisure centre, run by award-winning operator Everyone Active in partnership with Ashfield District Council, is taking part in the new initiative alongside charity Parkinson’s UK which will be launched on World Parkinson’s Day Parkinson, Monday, April 11.

Free membership – which is offered at all Ashfield Leisure Centers run by Everyone Active – will provide access to group gym, swimming and exercise lessons.

Additionally, all members will be offered a personalized exercise prescription through EXi, the easy-to-use exercise recommendation platform, with online Synergy Dance classes also available.

People living with Parkinson’s will be offered free membership to the Hucknall Leisure Center from this month. Photo: Amit Lennon/Parkinson’s UK

Complimentary Caregiver Membership will be available, if required.

Parkinson’s disease is the fastest growing neurological disease in the world and there is currently no cure.

It affects around 145,000 people in the UK and there are over 40 symptoms, ranging from tremors and pain to anxiety.

Physical activity can play an important role in living well with Parkinson’s disease.

People with the condition find various activities, from walking to dancing, beneficial in managing their symptoms.

Lorenzo Clark, Everyone Active’s Head of Contracts, said: “We are extremely proud to launch this partnership with Parkinson’s UK and hope it will make a real difference for many people.

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“We want to encourage the entire Parkinson’s community to exercise and believe we have an activity for everyone, no matter your age, ability or fitness level.

“Being more active will help members live well with Parkinson’s, improve physical fitness and mental well-being, and have fun.”

Councilor Rachel Madden (Ash Ind), Cabinet Member of Ashfield District Council for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, said: ‘This is a great initiative which I hope will have a real positive impact on residents living with Parkinson’s disease. I am proud that we can support Parkinson’s UK and offer free membership.

“Our leisure centers offer a wide range of classes and activities, from state-of-the-art gyms to swimming and yoga.

“The physical and mental health benefits of activity are limitless.

“There is no doubt about the significant benefits this will have on the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease.”

Tom Ingram, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We are delighted to partner with Everyone Active, who have very generously offered free membership to people with Parkinson’s and their carers.

“Physical activity is important for everyone.

“It supports both physical and mental health and, depending on what you choose, can provide social support and interaction, which can really help people living with Parkinson’s and those providing informal care.

“Developing a habit of regular physical activity can make a person feel more in control while living with the disease.

“Quality of life can be improved and independence and confidence maintained.

“We hope that with the support of Everybody Active, the Parkinson’s community can take advantage of physical activity and use it to make a real difference in their lives.

For more information or to join, click here.

People with underlying health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes or respiratory problems should contact their GP before starting any new activity.

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