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Team Durham Scholar Delivers Keep Fit Sessions for Street Residents

(6 April 2020)

Our women’s first team hockey captain and scholar, along with her family have been doing their bit for the community to keep their elderly neighbours fit, healthy and entertained during these times of uncertainty.

Kerry- Anne Hastings, a second year postgraduate student of St. Aiden’s college and Senior Scottish International Hockey player, joined by her mum and dad, Jenny and Scott, have been leading ‘Street Aerobics’ for local residents from their front garden in Edinburgh, all whilst following the government guidelines of social distancing.

 

 

On returning from a dog walk, Jenny was stopped by an elderly neighbour in her front garden who asked for advice about stretching. The next thing they knew, another neighbour had joined and Jenny was conducting a small stretching session, which lead to dancing ‘The Hokey Cokey’ and ‘The Rocky Horro Time Warp’- with all three women positioned in their respective front gardens. After finishing, they scheduled another ‘class’ for the following afternoon.

 

 

Word got around that the street would meet from their front gardens at 2.30pm and Jenny, now joined by second ‘instructor’ Kerry-Anne and ‘DJ’ Scott, would conduct a daily ‘Street Aerobics’ class. The 20 minute segments have been a huge success amongst residents; originally starting with 8 participants, the group are now up to 16 and classes usually end in lots of clapping and cheering.

 

 

Kerry- Anne said, “Street aerobics has been brilliant for our wee Warriston community as it not only keeps people physically fit but mentally fit as well. During this time not a lot of people are getting that social interaction but by meeting every day, it gives everyone something to look forward to and be sociable while still sticking to the government guidance. Our community has grown closer, bringing all ages together to share some dancing, laughter and fun!”

 

 

We are extremely proud of how our students have reacted during these challenging times and would love to hear more stories of what you are getting up to in lockdown.

 

Please get in touch with ellie.j.rawnsley@durham.ac.uk and we will work to publicise your positive news.

 

 

 

 

 

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