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Group exercise sessions to start at Arthur Rank Hospice

Arthur Rank Hospice’s therapy team are delighted to announce that they have installed a fourth Medimotion bike, in their new Shelford Bottom home. The top of the range, interactive piece of equipment, joins three other Medimotion bikes – two of which were kindly donated by members of the public – in the Hospice’s newly kitted out physiotherapy gym.

The therapy team, which includes two physiotherapists and three occupational therapists, have been fundraising for the bike since 2015 after it became clear that the one original Medimotion was becoming over-subscribed. Therapeutic benefits of the specialist piece of equipment include loosening of limbs, prevention of deconditioning, the release of endorphins and a positive sense of achievement. There is a growing body of evidence that such exercise can have a huge impact on the well-being and quality of life of those living with a life-limiting illness.

With a long list of people waiting to use the original Medimotion bike, an ambitious fundraising target of £5000 was set to allow the purchase of another.  Fundraising efforts by the therapy team have included personal and team challenges including the London to Cambridge Cycle Ride (alongside a team from Sepura) and a storm-swept walk from Fort William to Inverness.

Having reached a grand total of £3,754 towards the target, the John Stewart Memorial Fund, a charitable fund managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, stepped in to donate a further £2,396. Such a wonderful contribution allowed the team to buy the best, top of the range model - the MOTOmed MUVI.

Lynn Morgan, CEO of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, comments: “We would like to extend a warm-hearted thank you to all those who have supported the fundraising efforts of our therapy team, the John Stewart Memorial Fund and those generous individuals who heard about our quest and donated the two other bikes: it’s wonderful that we now have the space and equipment in our new home to be able to run group exercise activity - a first for us. I have no doubt that the benefits for our patients will be profound.”

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