Thinking Fitness is proud to be launching it’s Partnership with You Can
Leading academy trust’s community gym supports young people with cancer.
Partnership comes as gym reaches 500-member milestone.
Thinking Fitness launched a new partnership with local cancer charity YouCan on Monday 11th March.
Thinking Fitness and YouCan teamed up to offer members of the local community who have been diagnosed with cancer a comprehensive, free-of-charge, four- to six-week fitness plan at the community gym.
YouCan offers support and guidance for young people in South East England and London up to the age of 35 whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
The partnership comes as Thinking Fitness celebrates reaching the 500-member milestone – creating a turnover of nearly £100,000 per year, money that is invested back into the local community through the provision of state-of-the-art equipment and profits reinvested into the Trust’s schools, including Holcombe Grammar School, which is where the gym is situated.
The collaboration between Thinking Fitness and YouCan builds on numerous studies which have shown that exercise can be beneficial to the mental and physical wellbeing of people encountering illness or trauma. In line with Thinking Fitness’s ethos of providing a friendly and accessible place for all in the community to exercise, the launch day aimed to raise awareness of the offer within the local community.
The Mayor of Medway, Steve Iles, attended the launch day from 12pm to 12.30pm, alongside other guests such as Councillor Martin Potter.
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Nick Jobson, Sports Centre Manager and Personal Trainer at Thinking Fitness, said:
“I am delighted that Thinking Fitness is working in partnership with YouCan on this hugely important cause.
“YouCan undertake incredibly valuable work for young people with cancer across the South East, and we want to ensure we are playing our part and reaching as many members of our local community as possible.
“A friendly environment and community focus is integral to our gym, and we are keen to provide a space for all people to feel comfortable and enjoy exercising, whether they’ve been training for years or are just beginning their journey.
“Working with YouCan fits right into our philosophy, and as we hit the latest member milestone too, we are all very much looking forward to going from being a member of the community to a pillar of the community.”
Stuart Gardner, CEO of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:
“I am very proud of the partnership between Thinking Fitness and YouCan, and know that the team are all very keen to work even more closely with the community, especially on such an important cause.
“I would also like to congratulate the team for their brilliant work in achieving the 500-member milestone, helping to benefit both the users of the gym and our students and staff.”
Natalie Tegg, Head of Fundraising for YouCan said:
“YouCan are delighted to have the opportunity to work in partnership with Thinking Fitness. The charity supports young people whose lives have been impacted by cancer and provide a bespoke exercise programme as part of cancer rehabilitation.
“Having access to this support and the great facilities at Thinking Fitness will ensure young adults with cancer in the local community can improve their fitness levels and ultimately their wellbeing greatly.”