A TRAINER hopes to turn a former pharmacy into a fitness centre to fulfil her career dream.
When Rachel Meredith launched her personal trainer venture, she had to carry a 15kg kit on the bus to get to her appointments.
Now the 28-year-old, who has been working alongside Sunderland-based Swanton Care to deliver her sessions, has set her sights on launching her own gym for people with learning disabilities.
She has applied for permission to change the use of the former Co-operative Chemist in Malborough, Seaham, which was left empty when the business moved to Church Street, into a gym.
Eventually, she hopes to create four jobs, including an apprentice personal assistant.
Rachel, who lives in Murton, said: “I was a support worker for adults with autism for about six years and there was limited activities for them available, so I trained as a personal trainer and thought I could put them together.
“The support work I’ve been doing with Swanton has been in its sports halls and I’ve also been providing home training.
“However, I’d like my own premises and to expand.
“I was looking around and it was starting to get really stressful, then I noticed this place was to let and then checked it out.”
Rachel sets up tailor-made sessions for clients, which include circuits, cardiovascular work, weights and trampolining.
The sessions can be designed for all ages.
She no longer has to ride the bus to get to appointments, after successfully applying for a start up loan, which helped her buy a car to get to appointments.
Business support group PNE helped to put together her business plan, with additional support from East Durham Business Service.