Thursday 10th March 2016
Former professional footballer and now Under-21s Manager, Wade Elliott, and up and coming Academy players, Joe Morrell and Max O'Leary, were put through their paces on the exercise bike as current patient Louie Haffenden,17, gave the players a mini fitness test on our unit (Area 61) at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.
The wellbeing room contains a top of the range exercise bike, a complementary therapy plinth, yoga mats, gym balls and pull-up bars. It has been beautifully decorated with coloured lights and a stereo.
Louie, from Somerset, is receiving treatment on the unit for pineal germinoma cancer, a form of brain tumour. Louie wasn't into sport at school and following his cancer diagnosis he found taking part in physical activity even harder.
However he has found a new love for exercise after using the wellbeing room. He said:
Going through cancer is one thing, but when it affects your co-ordination, strength, and ability to do day to day activities, that's something else. I now see the importance of physical activity and how it can help me through my cancer treatment. I am really excited to start working with the team to build up my strength and hopefully become more able to take part in sports in the future.
Joe Morrell, a Wales youth international player and midfielder for Bristol City FC, said: "The Wellbeing room is a fantastic resource for the young people on the unit. It's been an incredible day meeting Louie and others, hearing how the Wellbeing room will be such a vital resource in helping them recover from their treatment."
Fran Hardman, Macmillan Teenage and Young Adult Wellbeing Co-ordinator, said: "We're so excited to have officially opened the Wellbeing room! I will be able to prescribe individualised physical activity plans that can then be reviewed and adapted through treatment and beyond to support each young person through cancer."