Kenilworth Lions have made a £600 grant donation to a Walking for Health activity launched by the Abbey Medical Centre in March 2017, as the first stage in a comprehensive Active Kenilworth initiative. The funding has secured a regular venue at the Kenilworth Centre for the next year year, during which it is planned to widen its scope beyond the Walking for Health activity – with anticipated further need for meeting facilities.
Taking advice from earlier schemes elsewhere, high priority was given from the outset to finishing each walk with refreshments and chat so that the social benefits to the participants could be gained as well as improved fitness. But where to hold this, as a big influx to local cafés would be unwelcome on a Friday lunchtime?
The Kenilworth Centre has proved to be an inspired choice for the venue, being well-located, with an ideal meeting room and excellent kitchen facilities. The feedback from the participants has been that the post-walk tea, coffee and cakes is indeed as important to them as the walk itself, and has been a major factor in helping the scheme meet its objectives. The only problem has been the scheme’s ability to fund the room-hire, as it has very little funding of its own and it was keen to avoid making a charge to participants. The Lions’ grant has solved this.
Clive Reynolds, a member of Abbey’s Patient Participation Group, says: “I know we won’t be able to build this scheme as we plan without the continued use of the Kenilworth Centre, so we are extremely grateful for the Kenilworth Lions’ financial support. We have acquired a core group of regulars who make sure they finish off the walk with gossip and laughter over a cuppa – even to the extent of coming to the Kenilworth Centre when they haven’t been able to make it for the walk. We have a community on our hands!”
The walk takes place at 12:30 every Friday, leaving from the Abbey Medical Centre in Station Road. It is open to all residents of Kenilworth plus visiting family and friends, and caters for all levels of fitness and mobility. For further details, contact Clive Reynolds on 07966 371732 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or pick up a registration form from the surgery reception.