Ambulance workers offer Sunderland a health lift

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AMBULANCE workers are offering people a health and fitness lift at their annual conference.

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) will be holding their annual general meeting next Thursdsay at UniSpace, the conference and events arm of the University of Sunderland.

The event will include a fun-filled healthy programme designed to engage with the public, trust members, students and staff on campus.

On the afternoon, the members’ fair is open to the public and NEAS hopes to create a fun day ambience to encourage participants with a variety of activities being held throughout the afternoon.

Susan Coldron, membership officer with NEAS NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As soon as we viewed the facilities at UniSpace, we knew this would be the ideal location for our conference this year, and help us effectively send out the messages around the importance of health and fitness to our members.

“The fair is open to anyone to come along have a look and see what we’re about, and show that we’re more than just a transport service.

“We are also looking to attract young people to take part in our activities at the fair, as they’re often the hardest to engage with when it comes to looking after your health.”

Several emergency vehicles will be stationed outside CitySpace, in Chester Road, Sunderland, for the public to visit and to talk to the medical team about their experiences.

To encourage a healthier lifestyle, and to try the upcoming fitness craze Hoop Dance, taster sessions will be open to the public free for all ages.

A first aid team will be demonstrating how to handle a variety of minor injuries that may happen in everyday home life.

Weekly gym passes will also be given to the public to give a taste of what is on in the CitySpace gym, or a combination pass of the gym and the opportunity to try a variety of the fitness classes.

NEAS has two partner organisations involved in this year’s event: South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Mental Health Trust.