In rain and shine, at dawn and dusk, Oxford Health’s 12-strong team of mental health professionals has been training since August for next Sunday, October 13: the city’s half marathon. But before that they’ll be racing towards their £3,000 target to fund an outdoor gym at Littlemore Mental Health Centre.
Keen runner Emma Croft, Oxford Health’s specialised services allied health professions lead said: “Our Littlemore site covers a variety of adult, forensic and mental health wards as well as supported living housing. Many of our service users are with us for extended periods and have limited access to gyms or wellbeing activities outside of the wards.
“We believe outdoor gym equipment on the Littlemore meadow will really enhance the area, giving people a beautiful place to exercise and enjoy fresh air and nature.
“We’ll be working with our patients and service users to listen to suggestions and develop something truly wonderful that will make a huge difference to everyone. Exercise, activity and fresh air boosts everyone’s mental health.”