New support group encourages cancer patients to keep active

New support group encourages cancer patients to keep active

November 27, 2019

 

The Basingstoke 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer group invites those living with and beyond cancer, their families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local group linked to a parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month and then socialise after over drink and cake in the local café. In short, they are an active coffee morning combining fresh air, movement and socialising.

The group is open to people going through any stage of cancer treatment, set up by Alex Conboy, who herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Throughout her breast cancer Alex continued to run and keep active during all of her treatment. She is convinced helped through her experience. Alex requalified as a personal trainer and completed a specialist cancer and exercise rehabilitation qualification.

Alex says: “I was inspired to become a specialist cancer and exercise personal trainer after I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. I was lucky enough to be able to run and keep active throughout the 9 months of chemo and radiotherapy which followed my surgery, and I believe that this helped me get through all my treatment relatively easily.”

Alex has set up a “5k Your Way” in Basingstoke in conjunction with Park Run, which started at the end of September. Here is a link to the national 5k Your Way website with more information about the national program https://5kyourway.org/.

On the last Saturday of every month, the group meet outside the Totally Tennis Pavilion in War Memorial Park between 08:30 and 08:45. For further information visit: https://www.facebook.com/Basingstoke-5k-Your-Way-Move-Against-Cancer-102406057787372/

 

As reported in the Gazette.

For more information or to book an appointment, please call 01256 315010 or email private.patients@hhft.nhs.uk