Retford District Multiple Sclerosis Society Support Group held a unique Triathlon Event in June raising over £2,600, twice their original target. The Triathlon was the main event of their ‘Exercise is Good for All’ campaign, encouraging everyone of all fitness levels, to include more activity in their everyday lives.
Group member Vince Kay focused his efforts by training before the event, to cycle over 100 miles on Saturday 15th June, raising over £400. Ex-county swimmer Ruth Warrener, who has been wheelchair bound for some time, amazed supporters by swimming 20 lengths, back stroke, using just one arm.
Nearly £1,000 has been used to purchase two motorised Oxycycle Exercise machines for the Bassetlaw NHS Neurological Rehabilitation Team based in Retford. They were formally handed over to the team on Friday 30th August. Jane Douthwaite, team lead and physiotherapist, said: “The team were very grateful to receive two Oxycycles from the Retford branch of the MS Society. The motorised pedals can be used to assist either arm or leg movement and will be especially beneficial for local patients with MS. We are especially happy that the money for the equipment was raised by the members of the MS society participating in exercise — showing just how beneficial it is to keep moving.”
MS group member Nigel Bird, who says his mobility is currently poor, said: “Using the Oxycycle helped me get my legs moving again without over-exertion. I’m looking forward to ‘gearing up’ in future and improving my mobility — and hopefully even start walking short distances again.”
Barbara Ramsden, active volunteer and organiser of many group events, said: “We have been delighted and overwhelmed by the generosity of our official sponsors, The Corner Fridge Company and Move Better Run Better, and our supporters The Imperial Tea Rooms, Bike Peddlers, Taste Bistro, Sarah Cox from Fresh Physio, Retford Leisure Centre, Retford Lions Club, Retford Life and Di Fisher from The Photo Den. Plans are taking shape now to get more people active and involved in next year’s event which will be a Pentathlon!”
The remaining funds will be spent on assisting group members to participate in new or modified activities to encourage continued exercise and movement in everyday life. Two horse-riding lessons have already been booked!
If you would like to know more about the support group or the event taking place next year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.