Football legend cuts the ribbon on new hospice gym

Football legend cuts the ribbon on new hospice gym
Allan Clarke (centre) is pictured with patients, staff and volunteers in the Lindsey Lodge Hospice Enablement Gym

A football legend from the 1970s and 80s has cut the ribbon on a new hospice gym aimed at improving the lives of North Lincolnshire patients with life limiting conditions.

Allan Clarke, who played for Walsall, Fulham, Leicester City, Leeds United and Barnsley, and won 19 international caps for England, has officially opened the Enablement Gym at Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe.

The gym was funded thanks to a £10,894 grant from the Rank Foundation in partnership with Hospice UK.

The launch also coincided with Lindsey Lodge Hospice’s Open Day urging local people to find out ‘what it takes’ to provide hospice services during Hospice Care Week (7 to 13 October).

Lindsey Lodge Hospice Director of Nursing and Patient Services said that the gym is “a perfect example of how we rely on grant funding and donations to continue to provide and develop our specialist services, which are aimed at helping our patients to live as well as possible with their conditions.”

As well as meeting Hospice staff and volunteers, Allan took a tour of Lindsey Lodge while he was there and heard at first-hand how the gym facilities are already benefitting patients.

“We are extremely grateful to The Rank Foundation for this generous funding and to Allan for joining us to launch the Enablement Gym. It was great to be able to share with him just what a difference it is making,” said Lindsey Lodge Wellbeing Service Manager Sarah Hodge.

She added: “Some of our patients have been keen sports men and women who never thought they would be able to visit a gym environment again, so the surroundings and ability to exercise has a great impact on their mental wellbeing, so much so that we are seeing patients visiting the gym once a week just as they would in a social setting.”