Our local Sports Partnership recently asked local clubs and organisations like ours to sign up to the CALM pledge.
It involved us demonstrating that we had been to Safeguarding training, and had a policy in place, Emergency First Aid training and Mental Health Awareness training. We were very pleased to provide the relevant documentation for the first two, but needed to undertake the Mental Health Awareness training, which is an online learning course.
Marie took the course and gained a 100% pass. The Partnership then required her to complete their own questionnaire to be sure that the learning was being, or would be, applied.
As you all know, our sessions are friendly, relaxed and inclusive and both Marie and Rhiannon are open about their own mental health and are happy to chat with members.
This is the CALM Pledge and we are proud to say -
We at Happy Feet Fitness are committed to promoting equality, inclusiveness and anti-stigma around mental health by ensuring our club is:
Caring - we encourage an environment which displays kindness and concern for others
Aware - we have club members and staff who are well informed around mental health conditions and will promote ways to support this
Listening - we will give attention and respond to participants who reach out for support
Mindful - we are aware of mental health conditions and its impact on Everyone
On Saturday 20th April we held a fundraiser for The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust
One of our runners Marion, applied to run the Virgin London Marathon, she applies every year, usually not getting a place, but much to her surprise she got a ballot place this year!
She decided she'd like to raise some money for a local charity, as she'd been lucky enough to get in. That week the local paper ran an article on the Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust and Marion was deeply moved by it. She immediately contacted the Trust and pledged to raise as much as she could.
Now would probably be a good time to say that Marion is 71 years young! She didn't start running until she was in her mid 50's and has done 10 marathons, many half marathons and numerous 10k and 5k races.
MARATHONS FOR MARION was what we called our fundraiser, for a donation, we asked our members to run or walk a 5k or 10k route. We added up all the distances to see how many marathons we covered between us and we did 261k on that morning which is around 6.2 marathons!
For a bit of extra fun we had a competition to guess how many marathons we would achieve too, nearest guess won!
When everyone had finished we enjoyed a well earned cup of tea and some delicious cake to celebrate!
It was a brilliant morning, and the generosity of the Happy Feet members meant we raised over £300 towards Marion's goal. We also raised £200 from a raffle we held at our Awards Evening in January, so all in all over £500 for a brilliant local charity.
To be continued........Marion ran the marathon, we will share her story in a future blog.
We are excited to be starting new Couch to 5k courses this week.
In Worcester we have a busy summer of fund raising running events, and we are pleased to be supporting a few of them.
The first one is on 9th June and is being organised by Worcester Community Trust
and is at RGS The Grange
The second one is Christopher Whitehead Language College's Worcester Colour Run on 13th July.
The third one is CRUK Race for Life (men welcome this year too) on 14th July
Our courses will get you ready for these events and more, so come rain or shine, why not come along!
It's a course designed for beginners or those returning to running after a while, it starts off gently with a mix of jogging and walking and develops over the weeks until you can run continuously for 5k.
It's good fun, relaxed and really friendly, everyone is welcome and no one ever gets left behind.
Why not come and join us? No booking required, turn up tonight or Sunday morning and give it a go!
We are very excited to be using our new website!
We will be re-loading all our old blogs over the next few weeks and adding new ones. So please call back to see our progress and all our new news!
Oh Wow! What an amazing morning! RunTogether were so impressed by the amount of Happy Feet runners that ran with us in February that they decided to give our runners a surprise treat.
They contacted the Happy Feet team a few days ago to tell us that fitness celeb and RunTogether Ambassador Jessie Pavelka would love to come along and present our runners with their well deserved Runtogether medals! We were really excited and feel very proud that they picked us for this special recognition...but we were sworn to secrecy and we only had a few days notice to come up with a cover story that would encourage our runners to turn up at Lyppard Hub, on a Saturday morning when they would normally be having a rest day.
However our runners came out in force for "a picture in the local paper", some of them popping along after Parkrun and others fitting us in around their other plans, and what a treat they were in for with the lovely Jessie. We did a quick photo shoot and a short run before finally being able to reveal that we had a special Ambassador coming later in the morning, but we still couldn't say who it was!
When Jessie arrived there was some swooning and a real buzz of excitement that such a famous fitness expert was here to present OUR medals! He was fantastic, congratulating all the runners, having photos taken and signing autographs.
The RunTogether team also had a chat with a members and heard some of your inspirational stories.
Well Done Happy Feet Runners!
Cancer Research UK Race for Life 2016
In July 2016 15 Happy Feet ladies ran the Worcester Race for Life. This was the first running event many of them had participated in and they did themselves proud, it was a fantastic achievement for them all.
In 2017 the Happy Feet Fitness ladies will once again be entering the event. The recent Couch to 5k and 5-10k courses have been timed perfectly to finish just in time and the girls are up for the challenge! There will be another blog about their successes after the event.
Being part of Race for Life is an amazing experience, women of all shapes and sizes run and walk around the course, being cheered on by their friends and relatives and all the volunteers around the course. At the end you get a medal too....everyone loves a bit of Bling!
Many do it in remembrance of loved ones lost to cancer and many in celebration of the lives being saved by amazing cancer treatments. The money that the women raise goes towards funding vital research to treat all types of cancers, we know this is helping, as many, many more people now survive cancer, or live good quality lives than ever before.
To sign up for Worcester Race for life which is on 14th July 2019 follow the link