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7 Jan 2020 Care

Zumba GOLD comes to Kirkwood this January!

Any physical activity helps you sleep better and feel better. Here at Kirkwood, we believe that physical activity is for everyone. That’s why we’re bringing Zumba GOLD to Kirkwood Hospice for the next nine weeks – starting on Wednesday 8th January.

After a successful trial in 2019, Kirkwood is delighted to officially launch our first chair-based Zumba GOLD sessions. The classes will take place each Wednesday from 1.30pm in The Meeting Space at Kirkwood Hospice in Dalton.

Zumba GOLD sessions are aimed at giving patients and carers the confidence to access more physical activity opportunities in their local community. The sessions are open to both patients and carers - allowing carers to become husbands, wives, mothers or sons again to share a fun and inclusive dance class together.

During our trial sessions last October, we were delighted to receive a visit from Carl Batley, a Director at local business, Perito. Carl donates to Kirkwood each year, but this year he was keen to support a specific service that made a difference and to give something back after his father-in-law spent his final days on Kirkwood’s In-Patient Unit. 

Carl said: “After meeting Mary, the Support & Therapy Manager, I realised that people were getting a lot out of the new Zumba GOLD sessions that were running until Christmas. However, I really want that service to continue, so our donation will ensure that the sessions can start again in the New Year.”


John and Margaret Rogers attended the Zumba sessions in addition to visiting Support & Therapy Drop-In.

Margaret said: “It was brilliant. Knowing we haven’t exercised for a long time, it’s definitely going to help. If we can remember the moves, we can put the radio on and do it at home as well!”

Other individuals attending also added: “We enjoy attending Zumba, it gets us out and keeps everything moving. It is really good music and you can go at your own pace. There’s no pressure and it releases stress and anxiety.”

If you, or someone you know would like to join in our fun and inclusive Zumba GOLD sessions, please join us at Kirkwood Hospice every Wednesday at 1.30pm starting 8th January 2020 for nine weeks.

If you would like to speak to a member of our Support and Therapy Team for more information, please call us on: 01484 557900

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