Making the stretch to celebrate the NHS at 70 and boost the Bring John Home appeal

Graham Low, of East Coast Fitness, is running a boot camp in support of the NHS and the Bring John Home campaign.
Graham Low, of East Coast Fitness, is running a boot camp in support of the NHS and the Bring John Home campaign.

The NHS’s 70th anniversary will be marked with a keep fit class which will also boost an appeal to help a man return home from hospital.

Graham Low, of East Coast Fitness based down in Seaham Marina, will host the session on Sunday morning as he shows his support for the service as it marks the milestone.

John Lindsay with children Jon and Jennifer and wife Claire.

John Lindsay with children Jon and Jennifer and wife Claire.

It will also raise funds for the Bring John Home campaign, which is supporting the effort to help Silksworth man John Lindsay get back home.

The dad suffered serious spinal injuries in a fall down a flight of stairs at his home in August 2016.

John, who is married to Claire and dad to Jon and Jennifer, has been treated by a specialist unit as he fights to regain mobility above the waist.

Their semi-detached family home is unsuitable for John’s wheelchair and his needs, with around £300,000 needed to buy a new home and install adaptations.

As it’s the 70th birthday of the NHS and as I was approached by a woman who is the sister-in-law of John and I thought I would bring them together.

Graham Low

People will be charged £5 to join in the session, which will run for 70 minutes from 7am.

Graham, who runs a programme of bootcamp sessions, was approached by Louise Paul, John’s sister-in-law, with the idea of running an event in recognition of the service and appeal.

He said: “As it’s the 70th birthday of the NHS, I thought I would bring them together.

“I was approached recently by one of our fantastic NHS workers to do a fundraising event for her brother-in-law and I saw it as an opportunity to not only raise funds for a great cause, but to promote the critical role we all have in looking after our own fitness, health and wellbeing.

Graham Low runs bootcamps held in Seaham Marina.

Graham Low runs bootcamps held in Seaham Marina.

“This reduces the risk of developing lifestyle related health conditions, which in turn helps make the NHS more sustainable for future generations.

“What better way to salute our NHS and it achievements while having fun, demonstrating the benefits of fitness and being instrumental in helping to ‘bring John home’ to his loving family.

“The workout will be lots of fun and suitable for all fitness levels with lots of exercise alternatives so each individual can control the intensity.

“We would love people to come along for some fun and support this great charity.”

Anyone who would like to join in can call Graham on 07875 548 880.

More details about the bootcamps can be found via the East Coast Fitness Facebook page.