A new dimension to keeping ourselves fit

A PATIENTS’ group is looking at placing outdoor fitness equipment in town, if there is enough interest and crucial sponsorship can be found.

Todmorden Patients Participation Group is looking into the possibility, and were able to see Vicki Braithwaite, of Pennine Playgrounds, speak about the innovative equipment at the group’s March meeting, and try it out.

It is made in Germany by SAYSU, a company which focuses on the development and manufacture of outdoor equipment specially designed to provide improved health through different forms of exercise. It would be suitable for all ages and abilities, but would cost around £15,000.

Todmorden PPG vice-chairman Chris Baksa said local groups had been invited to see the equipment in use.

“We are looking into it and are trying to get some sponsorship from local groups or companies - it would cost around £15,000. Our nation has been criticised for our unhealthy lifestyle and tendancy to gain weight. The equipment will bring a new dimension to keeping fit as there are no membership fees or restricted trading hours meaning everyone would be able to exercise at their own convenience and at a pace that suits themselves,” he said.

The group hopes equipment would be placed in a position where a recreational facility would be nearby to facilitate a meeting place for all age groups, with exercise being the main focus.

More details will be posted on noticeboards at Todmorden Health Centre and if you can help you can also contact Mr Baksa by telephone on 01706 817924.