Thursday 7th June 2012
The family of a retired painter and decorator who suffered a heart attack have been given free gym membership to help keep them healthy.
Terry Green's daughter Jennie Frewin, 45, and granddaughter, Beth Frewin, 16, were offered the service as part of Concord Healthy Hearts Project.
The project, from Concord Heart Support Group, offers educational and gym sessions to children or dependants of coronary heart disease (CHD) sufferers to help reduce the risk factors associated with the disease.
Terry, 73, from Chapeltown, in Sheffield, suffered a heart attack in January 2010. Afterwards, he was referred to Concord Sports Centre, run by Sheffield International Venues (SIV), where he exercised his way back to health under the guidance of SIV's GP referral manager, Dave Birds.
The offer of free gym membership was extended to his family thanks to a £10,000 National Lottery grant via Big Lottery Fund's Awards For All.
Terry said: "I have been attending Concord Sports Centre for 18 months and love it. It's also wonderful to have Jennie and Beth on board. Although we don't have gym sessions together it's great that we can compare notes about how we are getting on.
"One of the highest risk factor associated with coronary heart disease is genetic, so the Healthy Hearts Project is a great way for my family to invest in their own wellbeing to prevent any health problems in future."
Beth, of Winterhill School, in Rotherham, trains at the gym three times a week and Jennie, also of Rotherham, takes part in intensive cardiovascular activities at the centre.
She said: "The opportunity from SIV and the Concord Heart Support Group has really given us a new appreciation of how important keeping fit and healthy is."
A total of 165 12-week gym memberships and education sessions are available through the group. For more information call Dave Birds on 0114 2574426.