On Thursday 22 September 2016, 60 people attended an open day at the Lifestyles gym in the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre. The open day aimed to raise awareness of the specialist equipment and fundraising projects in order to purchase the two machines.
The equipment includes an Anti-Gravity Treadmill and a Functional Electronic Stimulation (FES) Bike. Both pieces of equipment benefit people with various health conditions such as arthritis, MS, Parkinson’s, stroke, spinal problems, obesity and more to exercise independently and without pain.
The Anti-Gravity Treadmill can reduce the user’s body weight to as low as 20%, allowing them to stand, walk, jog or run with more stability and to perform strengthening and stabilising exercises. The FES bike allows users with limited mobility or who are paralysed to cycle with the aid of electronic stimulation pads attached to the legs.
Andrew and Rita heard about the open day and came down to try the FES Bike. Andrew said: “It was very good. It combines feet, leg and arm workouts which is where we need the exercise. We will definitely follow up using it and sort out a regular date to come down.”
We are still fundraising and have raised enough to purchase the FES bike, however we still have a way to go until we can purchase the Anti-Gravity Treadmill. If you would like to make a donation, please visit https://sll.charitycheckout.co.uk.Back to News