Weʼre raising £10,000 to help Catmose Sports Centre fund specialist sports equipment in the memory of Barry Palmer who’s story inspires us all.
- Oakham, UK
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We unfortunately lost one of our members on Sunday 15th July, Barry Palmer. After a short illness in hospital, Barry passed away peacefully surrounded by family in the early hours.
Barry was an inspiration to us all. He started his fitness journey after a warning from his GP that if he didn’t lose weight and change his lifestyle he would need to be on oxygen due to his COPD. When he started his fitness journey he struggled to even walk 200m. He needed to initially sort his diet where he chose to join Slimming World, once this was sorted he joined the gym. He lost over 10 stone and over 18 inches off his waist. Barry won slimmer of the year and reached the top 10 in the country for Slimming World. He started then with a few sessions at the gym as even making it into the centre was a real challenge at the beginning but later he ended up attending up to 14 classes a week at the gym.
Barry was a regular attendee of Walking Football, AquaFit, GXfit, GymFit and Walking Netball where he made some great friends! He even participated in a full 24 hour sportathon earlier this year. Barry was a very inspiring person who loved to support others in their journey.
Changing his lifestyle gave him an extra 5 years of his life where we were all lucky to grow to know him and be a part of his journey.
With permission from Barry’s family we have decided to raise money for Catmose Sports Centre (SLL) in his honour. The money that we raise will enable us to purchase specialist equipment and help us to provide more opportunities for even more people in the community. Which is something he always loved helping to do.
Initially we are looking to purchase a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bike. This incredible bike enables people to be physically active when their medical condition prevents them from being able to peddle a regular bike. Incredibly, even those who are paralysed are able to cycle due to the electrical stimulation delivered directly to muscles. People managing neurological conditions including spinal cord injury, MS, Parkinson’s disease and stroke will all be able to enjoy the benefit of exercise including improving muscle strength, cardio vascular, circulation and neurological pathways. The bike will be an addition to the gym equipment allowing for social inclusion which will also help with positive mental health.
We are going to be organising fundraising events to help reach or exceed our target of £10,000. Firstly two members of staff, Amy Hammond and Sarah Parish, will be running Rutland Half Marathon on Sunday 16th September and any sponsors towards this cause would be greatly appreciated.
We will keep you updated of any other events and our progress in due course!
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Donation from Gemma Bangs xxx
Aug 1, 2018
We lost a legend! Good luck with reaching your target!
Jul 31, 2018
Jul 28, 2018
Barry was a lovely man and a great inspiration. Always loved a chat. He will be missed.
Jul 26, 2018
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