Thanks to a grant of £44 000 from the Big Lottery Fund and with considerable assistance and co-operation from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Wirral Heart Beat have opened a new "Outreach" gym at the Wallasey Community Fire Station. Our new "Outreach" is substantially larger than the previous facility and allows ex-patients (who have completed their Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme at the Wirral Heart Support Centre) to continue exercising in greater comfort and safety. The gym is attended by ex-patients who live in the Wallasey, New Brighton, Liscard and Seacombe areas of Wirral.
Apart from the exercise area, our new "Outreach" gym includes a purpose built kitched, toilets/shower facilities and a meeting room.
The "Outreach" gym is also used by St. George's Medical Centre (Wirral PCT) who provide a weekly "obese childrens" programme for local youngsters (and their parents).
Our "Outreach" gym is, of course, extensively used by firefighters based at Wallasey Community Fire Station.
The "official" opening of our new "Outreach" gym took place in July.
If other health charities with objectives similar to those of Wirral Heart Beat are interested in developing the "Outreach" gym scheme in partnership with their local Cardiac Rehabilitation Cenre and/or Fire Service, please contact:
Wirral Heart Beat
Wirral Heart Support Centre
St. Catherine's Community Hospital
Church Road, Birkenhead,
Wirral, CH42 0LQ