‘Move More’ project supports cancer patients in getting active

‘Move More’ project supports cancer patients in getting active

r Gerry Millar – Macmillan GP Advisor, Lynne Smart – Acting Head of Health Improvement (SHSCT), Diarmaid Mc Auley – Macmillan Services Project Manager, Nuala Mc Veigh – Macmillan Move More Coordinator

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter



ARMAGH City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support and Southern Health and Social Care Trust to launch ‘Move More’ - an innovative project to help anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer in the local area to get active and remain active.

Macmillan Cancer Support funds the Move More initiative and works in partnership with local councils, physical activity providers and health and social care trusts all over Northern Ireland, to provide the support that people living with cancer need to improve their fitness.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Alderman Gareth Wilson is delighted that council plays such an important part in the Move More project, which offers such amazing support and encouragement for those with a cancer diagnosis.
“The Move More project is a wonderful initiative that offers help to those who have very sadly received a cancer diagnosis. We have a fantastic coordinator here in council who understands that it can be hard to know how to build up your fitness when going through treatment,” commented the Lord Mayor.

“The support ensures that each individual gets one-to-one help to find an activity they enjoy, that is right for them and fits in with their lifestyle. It helps to get people active again and keep active so they can enjoy an improved quality of life. Whether this means going to the gym, for a swim, joining a walking group, getting out and about with family and friends or getting more active at home – our coordinator is there for you.

“People will have the opportunity to try out a diverse range of activities, and access incentives including free taster sessions, discounted membership rates, and access for family and friends too, so please do get in touch and let us help you.”
Heather Monteverde, Head of Services for Macmillan in Northern Ireland said, “There are 63,000 people living with cancer in NI, and almost one in two of us will experience cancer at some point in our lifetime. Physical activity is safe during and after most types of cancer treatment and can help to reduce the side effects of this treatment, prevent the occurrence of other long-term conditions, and reduce the risk of cancer spreading or returning. We are delighted that Move More is now available to support people in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.”

Move More isn’t just about the physical health benefits either. Wendy Abbot from Portadown became involved with the project after a breast cancer diagnosis. She says, ‘During treatment you can spend a lot on time on your own at home, cut off from the social networks you are used to. Move More gets you out and about, meeting people who’ve had a similar experience and it’s a real boost to your confidence.’

Speaking about Move More, Director of Acute Services for the Southern Trust Esther Gishkori said: “There are around 2,332 cancers diagnosed each year in the Southern area but thanks to earlier diagnosis and advancing treatments, more people are living for longer with and beyond cancer. We are delighted to team up with Macmillan and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to refer our patients to the Move More programme.

“Physical activity is particularly important for cancer patients. It can help build strength to ensure they are fit enough for treatment, it can help reduce fatigue which can be brought on by chemotherapy and it can have a positive impact on overall physical and mental wellbeing, helping people to resume their normal daily activities more quickly and have a much better quality of life.”

Getting signed up to Move More is simple – you can be referred into the programme by any healthcare professional or you can self-refer by contacting the coordinator in your local area.

To find out more about Move More in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, contact Nuala McVeigh at movemore@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk or 07711 756 836. Visit Macmillan NI on YouTube to view a short video about Move More.

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