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SLL hosts Specialist Exercise Gym Equipment Open Day

September 14, 2016

A press release:

On Thursday 22 September, SLL will be hosting a Specialist Exercise Gym Equipment Open Day at Stevenage Lifestyles.

We take it for granted that we can take part in our favourite activity whenever we want to, but for many people this is not possible. Medical conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal problems, obesity or injuries can result in a sedentary lifestyle where traditional exercise simply isn’t an option.

SLL is fundraising to purchase an Anti-Gravity Treadmill and a Functional Electronic Stimulation (FES) bike. This specialist equipment will be an asset to hundreds of people who suffer from various health problems, allowing them to exercise pain free or independently with confidence to improve their mental health. This equipment can only usually be accessed through a hospital, private physiotherapy or private sports clubs, making it very expensive for the user. As a registered charity, SLL is committed to offering affordable physical activity to all the community, and will make this equipment available as part of a concession priced Exercise Referral membership or pay as you go.

To show how this equipment could help many, SLL will be holding an Open Day for people to come and see or try the equipment. Enough funding has now been raised to purchase a FES Bike which will be available during the Open Day, and an Anti-Gravity Treadmill is on loan which will also be available for people to see or try. This Open Day is open to anyone, whether you are affected by a medical condition which restricts you from being active, or simply to observe the equipment in action and see how it will benefit many.

Local partners have been very generous in their support and funding for this equipment has been received from the Stevenage Community Trust, The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and RAF Henlow. SLL has also received funding from a successful Big Lottery bid, bringing the total so far to just under £18,000. There is still some way to go to reach the target of £39,000 but we will not stop until we do!

The Open Day will take place on Thursday 22 September from 9am – 8pm at Stevenage Lifestyles, Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre.  The SLL Community Fund donation page is available at For more information or if you would like to attend the Open Day please email

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