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Sheffield’s biggest names to take part in charity walking football match

19 May, 2015

  Ten places to participate in a 12-hour charity walking football match alongside some of Sheffield’s biggest names are up for grabs. The event, which takes place at Hillsborough Leisure Centre from 9pm on Friday June 5 to 9am on Saturday June 6, has been organised by former Premier League referee and Patron of St Luke’s Hospice, Uriah Rennie in aid of St Luke’s Hospice. Participants include former head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake, Sheffield City Council leader Julie Dore, former Sheffield United captain Chris Morgan, Paralympian Will Bayley, Glyn Rhodes MBE...

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Golf helps below-par Joe get back on course

19 May, 2015

An 82-year-old cancer survivor and widower from Sheffield is using golf to help him get back on course, 40 years after first taking up the game. Joe Canetti, whose family emigrated to Sheffield from Genoa in Italy in the 1850s, re-joined Beauchief Golf Course in January this year, after initially leaving five years ago to look after his wife, Pauline, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Pauline passed away in 2012, a day before her 75th birthday and two days after her funeral, Joe himself was diagnosed with bladder cancer. But after life-saving surgery and regular chemotherapy...

Keeping fit is child’s play for Nan Catherine

18 May, 2015

A Sheffield Nan has seen her health transformed after taking up exercise to overcome double heart surgery. Catherine Barker, 68, was referred to Sheffield City Trust’s Exercise Referral scheme as part of her recovery from a replacement aortic heart valve and a heart bypass operation. Before the surgery, Catherine led a sedentary lifestyle. But after completing a 12 week programme of exercise at Concord Sports Centre, she now attends the gym twice a week and is able to enjoy spending time with her four grandchildren. Catherine, of High Green, said: “I wouldn’t have been abl...

Exercise fits the bill for heart attack survivor

12 May, 2015

A 71-year-old Sheffield woman is fighting fit after using exercise to help her get back to good health after a heart attack. Yvonne Grice, from Chapeltown, was referred for a programme of exercise at Concord Sports Centre as part of her rehabilitation from a heart attack in August 2014. After completing the first 12-week Exercise Referral Scheme, retired book keeper Yvonne has recently started phase two of the scheme at Concord. The Exercise Referral Scheme, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, uses physical activity to help people manage conditions including coronary heart dis...

First ever Paralympian inducted into Hall of Champions

28 April, 2015

First ever Paralympian inducted into Hall of Champions Table tennis player Will Bayley has become the first ever Paralympian to be inducted into the Hall of Champions at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield (EIS Sheffield) in recognition of his sporting achievements. A giant image of the 27-year-old Paralympian, who is currently preparing for Rio 2016, is now on display in the Hall of Champions alongside athletes such as Nick Matthew, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Kelly Holmes after it was unveiled at a celebration ceremony. The Hall of Champions was opened by Lord Sebastian Coe in 2...

Pamela hits the ground running to tackle health problems

20 April, 2015

Suffering with diabetes, arthritis and heart problems, Sheffield mum Pamela Amour had almost given up on her health. Overweight and unable to carry our everyday tasks like cleaning and shopping without pain, 43-year-old Pamela decided to take action and was referred by her GP to Sheffield City Trust’s Exercise Referral scheme. In June 2014, Pamela completed a 12-week programme of exercise at Ponds Forge – the first step on a 10-month journey which has seen her shape up, lose weight and become a new woman. The mum-of-two, from Woodhouse, said: “I was putting on more and mor...

Cancer survivor credits exercise for new lease of life

13 April, 2015

A Sheffield man who ballooned in weight after life-saving cancer treatment is now fighting fit thanks to an award-winning health scheme. David Bishop, from Shiregreen, 71, was referred to Sheffield City Trust’s (SCT) Exercise Referral scheme when he peaked at 15 stones after seven weeks of radiation therapy and medication for prostate cancer. Despite playing badminton to a high level with his wife, Maureen, in their younger years, the only exercise David did before being referred to Concord Sports Centre in July 2013 was golf and the occasional walk. Since being on the Exercise Referr...

Exercise helps Clare fight invisible illness

2 April, 2015

An exercise instructor from Sheffield who suffers with constant pain caused by an ‘invisible illness’ is using physical activity to help her manage the condition. Clare Bamford, 39, from Wincobank, was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia – a long-term syndrome that causes pain all over the body – after being involved in a road accident three years ago. Clare, who works for Fitness Unlimited at Hillsborough Leisure Centre, suffers with all-over stiffness but regular exercise is helping her live with the pain. Clare explains: “From a young age I have always been active, ...

Golfers to get rub of the green with recycled bunkers

1 April, 2015

A Sheffield golf course has given the green light to a new recycling initiative which will be launched on Wednesday 1 April.  Beauchief Golf Course, in Millhouses, is set to become one of the first in the country to change the light coloured sand in the bunkers to green made of recycled glass. It is part of the golf city course’s new energy and environment policy, which is focused on increasing levels of recycling. Green bottles from the bar at Beauchief will be ground to a fine sand at a special processing factory. Andy Carnall, golf manager at Beauchief Golf Course, said: &ldq...

City Hall stroke survivor works his way back on stage

25 March, 2015

When Sheffield man Mark Stevens suffered a major, life-threatening stroke in 2013 he never thought he would walk or talk again. Mark, aged 57, from Hunters Bar, was rushed to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital's Hyper Acute Stroke Unit for expert emergency treatment when the illness struck in the summer of 2013. However, after 19 months of recovery and rehabilitation, Mark has returned to work as a stage technician at Sheffield City Hall. His wife Jenny explains: “Mark’s devastating stroke left him unable to walk, lift his right arm or his right hand. He was unable to read or wri...

Health scheme celebrates 10 years of transforming lives

19 March, 2015

An award-winning scheme which has transformed the lives of thousands of patients in Sheffield with chronic health conditions is celebrating its 10th birthday. Sheffield City Trust’s (SCT) Exercise Referral Scheme uses physical activity to help people manage conditions including coronary heart disease, muscular skeletal diseases and respiratory illnesses. The scheme was launched by the trust at Concord Sports Centre in March 2005 and over the last decade has expanded across five venues in Sheffield and now operates in two city GP surgeries. A team of ten Exercise Referral and Cardiac R...