Search

Ability Bow therapy gym fights £45,000 budget shortfall with an open day

PUBLISHED: 17:55 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 29 March 2013

Margaret White gets health check from gym trainer Mohammed Dahiri

Margaret White gets health check from gym trainer Mohammed Dahiri

Archant

A therapy gymnasium that helps people with injuries or chronic conditions to recover is having to recover itself from chronic debt to stay alive.

The Ability Bow gym held a fundraising open day in east London yesterday, welcoming the public to show it needs its own £45,000 therapy quick fix to work its way out of debt—it has already come close to closing down twice.

GPs and hospitals including Mile End and the Royal London send patients to the Monday-to-Friday sessions held at St Paul’s parish church in Old Ford.

These include people recovering from head injury or chronic health conditions such as MS, cerebral paulsy, osteoparosis, asthma and strokes.

But founder Victoria Kent needs funds to maintain the costly individual one-to-one sessions at £60 an hour—she only charges £4.50 to the 400 registered at the gym, the rest having to come from whatever fundraising she manages.

Supporters are entering this year’s London Marathon next month, as they have been doing for several years, and taking part in an annual fun run in Victoria Park in November to help the gym meet its debts.

Ability Bow needs £45,000 to keep the treadmill going for the rest of the year.

Yesterday’s open day included massages, free health checks, exercise demonstrations, healthy living advice and healthy cake stalls at the gym run at St Paul’s Church in St Stephen’s Road, behind Roman Road Market.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser