Simplyhealth donation secures future of Andover I Can Therapy Centre
Simplyhealth has helped to secure the future of the I Can Therapy Centre by donating the final funding instalment of £70,000 from its three-year community funding programme. A total of £130,000 has been donated by Simplyhealth to Independent charity Valley Leisure who run the I Can Therapy Centre based in the heart of Andover town centre.
Despite the significant challenge posed by the global pandemic and the temporary closure of the I Can Therapy Centre service during 2020 and into 2021, the substantial funding from Simplyhealth has enabled the charity to fulfil its ambition to relocate I Can to new premises in Andover town centre, enhancing the presence, accessibility and reach of the service to make a positive difference to more people’s lives.
The funding from Simplyhealth has enabled us to secure the short to medium future of the I Can Therapy Centre. Relocating to the town centre is an essential element of ensuring that the service continues to thrive and benefit as many people as possible.
With use of this funding we have also been able to explore options to diversify our unique service to enable those who cannot attend the physical centre to gain benefit from us and we hope to launch a new move more service in the near future.
Donald is 71 years old and feels stronger and more mobile having returned to using the specially adapted power assisted exercise equipment available at I Can’s new home in Union Street. Having been diagnosed with cancer of the kidney in 2018 which has since spread to his bones, Donald’s consultant advised that remaining active by exercising at I Can is really important to help him manage the effects of the disease and the effects of the medication that he takes to try and control the spread of the disease.
I Can is such a welcoming place with a really nice social atmosphere. Exercising here motivates me to do more than I would at home on my own. Having something booked in my diary each week gives me something to look forward to which makes a big difference. Being able to meet lots of people all dealing with different health conditions but enjoying the exercise all together really benefits my mental and social health as well as my physical health.
It’s not just Donald who has noticed the benefit of exercising at I Can, his family have also commented on the positive change to his mood since returning to the therapy centre and it makes them happy knowing he is doing something he enjoys.
Simplyhealth’s support of local communities has been at the heart of our purpose for nearly 150 years. We are delighted to have been able to help I Can Therapy Centre’s service users to stay mobile and overcome isolation to feel part of their community.
We know how important this is in helping people to maintain good physical and mental wellbeing, and this is something that’s close to our hearts.
Since reopening the I Can Therapy Centre service in mid-April the team have received nearly 1000 customer visits. Demand for the service and a growing confidence amongst customers to re-engage in everyday activities has already led the team to enhance the service by increasing the capacity, frequency and flexibility of access to the centre.
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About Valley Leisure
Valley Leisure Ltd is an independent charitable trust based in Andover, Hampshire.
The charity’s mission is ‘move more, feel better’ with the team committed to helping people.
Established over 30 years ago, the charity aims to improve people’s health and wellbeing by providing facilities and services that enable people to move more and feel better.
Valley Leisure operates Riverside Bowl and the I Can Therapy Centre in Andover, Hampshire.
About I Can Therapy Centre
I Can Therapy Centre provides a unique, specially adapted power assisted exercise experience. The motorised equipment initiates movement and mobilises muscles and joints throughout their natural range of movement. Use of the equipment is ideal for those who are older, inactive, disabled or managing chronic health conditions such as cancer, MS, Parkinson’s, stroke, arthritis, obesity, diabetes, falls, heart or lung disease.
Since 1872, we’ve been helping people make the most of life through better everyday health. Our plans make sure individuals, families and employees can easily access in-person and virtual wellbeing services, and afford to stay healthy by claiming costs back on dental treatments, visits to the optician, complementary therapies and much more.
Today we’re delighted to be the UK’s leading health solutions company, with almost 1000 colleagues serving 2.3 million customers. We don’t have shareholders, so we’re led by our purpose of improving access to healthcare, for the many, for the long term. We’re passionate about using our voice in public health affairs and partnering with charities to reduce health inequality – each year we commit to giving 10% of pre-tax profits to a range of community causes. And we ensure our business takes care of the planet too, achieving Carbon Neutral + status in 2021.
Simplyhealth is continuing to ensure that every day, every decision we make, and every action – big or small – not only helps improve the health of our company, customers and communities, but also the health of everyone and everything we hold dear.
For more information about our community fund for Andover, please email:
To find out more, visit www.simplyhealth.co.uk