A FORMER athlete, who has become a personal trainer, specialising in the elderly, is now creating a board game to help them develop co-ordination and stability.
Martin Hunt, a 36-year-old father-of-three from Ealing,who used to run for Ealing Southall & Middlesex Athletics club, decided to target his personal training towards the elderly as he has a disabled father and two disabled nephews.
He said: "This is something close to my heart. For the past 10 months I have been training a 68-year-old disabled arthritis sufferer from Hanwell. When we met she could only walk for about five minutes with her walking stick and after five to six months of stretching and basic bodyweight exercises she can walk for more than 30 minutes without her walking stick.
Her friends have commented on how straight she is walking and she has lost just over three inches around her stomach in about eight months. I want to reach out to the elderly/carers/disabled people/housebound people by showing that replicated movements can be developed into an exercise program. Breaking things down step by step, can reap great benefits."
"I am currently creating a board game for elderly/housebound people called "Fitwistness" to develop co-ordination, stability and breathing exercises and working on exercise routines for people with Zimmerframes and crutches, alongside visiting care homes to demonstrate simple exercise routines."
He was nominated for a Pride in Our People Award, offered by the Gazette and Thames Valley Univeristy, by Tracy Richardson, who said: "I would like Martin to be considered for this award because of his caring and patience and unpatronising attitude and I believe that people from this background will find his training beneficial and rewarding."
Martin was stunned to be nominated. He said: "I am gobsmacked to be nominated, just for doing something that I love. I find my work so fulfilling and enjoyable, especially when you see your clients walking without walking sticks and hear their friends comments about how happy I make them feel. I hope "Fitwistness" has the same impact on elderly/disabled and housebound people from all walks of life."
Women entertainers nominated - see page 2
TWO women have been nominated for the Gazette's Pride in Our People awards for entertaining the elderly and raising money for charity with their shows.
Christine Yap and Sue Madden, who formed their own company, Rhythmic Intentions, primarily to raise money for charity, have taken part in the Mayor's of Ealing's senior citizens parties for the past ten years and performed their first show at Ealing Town Hall in aid of the Log Cabin.
Archie Ross, vice-chairman of the Ealing Mayor's Charity Fund, who nominated them, said they were also members of Southall Operatic Company, HEOS Musical Theatre and Capital Connection Ladies Barbershop Chorus, which all support various charities.
He said: "These ladies give up a great deal of their spare time and I feel they deserve an award for their continued service to the community."
Christine, 55, of Crawford Gardens, Northolt, who works for the council's criminal records team, said: "I was shocked to be nominated. I am sure there are more deserving people. I get so much satisfaction from doing this. Some of the people in care homes have no family."
She said she was in musical theatre as a child and became involved in various local groups after Sue was approached by Archie. She said: "We were particularly pleased to raise money for the Log Cabin as it enabled them to have one-to-one care for the children."
Sue, 37, a legal secretary from Ruislip, said: "I was flattered to be nominated. We didn't think we were doing anything out of the ordinary. We get a really good response from people and would like to do more in the future."