If you, or someone you know, is living with cancer in Battersea and want to get active in the great outdoors, then you might be interested in a new gardening programme.
A new partnership with Thrive, the Doddington and Rollo Community Roof Garden, and Macmillan Cancer Support has been established to offer a free, 10-week 'Gardening for wellbeing’ course to Battersea-based cancer patients and their carers.
Like many forms of exercise, gardening can have a number of benefits for physical and mental health. Evidence shows that being active can help prevent and manage some of the effects of cancer treatment; such as fatigue, depression and risks to heart health. Exercise may even reduce the risk of some cancers progressing or returning. Gardening is a great way to gently reintroduce exercise, while many people find it a relaxing and rewarding activity too.
Kathryn Hair, Macmillan Information and Support Centre Manager at St George’s Hospital encourages people to sign-up and said: "Living with cancer is tough. But research has shown that physical activity may reduce the recurrence of certain cancers and can help manage some of the side effects of treatment.
"That’s why Macmillan Cancer Support and Thrive are encouraging people to get gardening. And you don’t have to be naturally green fingered to reap the health benefits.
"Gardening can be a good starting point, for those that are a little nervous about building up their energy levels, as the activities can be as gentle as you like. Whether you’re new to gardening or have been doing it for many years, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself.
"Our Gardening for wellbeing course will also be a great opportunity to meet new people that live locally and who have experienced cancer first-hand too."
Starting on Monday April 24th 2017, the weekly workshops will take place between 1-4pm at the Doddington and Rollo Community Roof Garden, Charlotte Despard Avenue, Battersea, SW11 5HD.
There will be a launch event on Monday April 10th 2017 between 2-3:30pm for anyone that wants to find out more about the scheme. Light refreshments will be available on the day.
Please call the Macmillan Information and Support Centre at St George's Hospital for more details: 0208 725 2677.