Counselling charity We Hear You (WHY) has teamed up with Somerset CCG and Nordic Walking UK to offer a free Nordic walking exercise class for people recovering from cancer or a life threatening condition, thanks to Tampon Tax funding awarded by Somerset Community Foundation. The course runs at the Old Showfield in Frome from Monday 23rd September for four weeks.

Fundraising Manager Ruth Knagg says “In collaboration with our colleagues at Yeovil District Hospital, where WHY provides one-to-one counselling, we applied for funding to run this new type of support. The benefits of exercise to support mental health and aid recovery are enormous and the first course in Yeovil has been a great success. Traditional one-to-one counselling remains WHY’s main activity, but we recognise the value of alternative forms of support for the people we work with and are pleased to add this to our services in Frome. If you’re recovering from treatment for cancer or another life threatening condition, Nordic walking could be a fantastic way to build up your strength and fitness while boosting your mood.”

The Nordic walking course starts on Monday 23rd September at 3pm at the Old Showfield, Frome BA11 2AH. No experience of Nordic walking is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Participants are recommended to consult a health professional before signing up and should have a reasonable level of mobility; if in doubt please contact the course organiser.

To find out more and book a place on the course, contact course leader Niels Hak on or 07771 533386.

To refer yourself for WHY’s free professional one-to-one counselling for anyone affected by cancer or a life threatening condition, email or call 01373 455255.

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