Smoking shed transformed into gym

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 July 2015

Mental heath charity Milestone Trust opening of new gym.

Mental heath charity Milestone Trust opening of new gym.

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AN OLD smoking shed at a mental health care home has been transformed from a place for poor health choices to a fully-functioning gym.

The shed at Felix House, a home which supports adults with complex mental health needs, was renovated by one of its residents over six months.

The home is run by charity Milestones Trust and its manager, Sharon Dyke, said: “People living here aren’t confident enough to access the local gym.

“We hope our gym will encourage everyone to be active and help build their confidence too.”

New flooring, painting and installing the exercise machines was all needed as part of the project.

The gym now features a variety of equipment including a cross trainer, rowing machine, exercise balls, a spinning bike and even hula hoops.

The project was completed by just one resident, whose name 
the home cannot reveal.

The resident said: “It was a complete renovation.

“It was an awful place before, full of smoke-stained walls and grubby chairs.

“I just slowly transformed everything, which has given me a sense of achievement.”

It is hoped the gym can be opened up in the summer and yoga sessions can be held outside in the home’s garden, which has also been improved to include a herb area and fruit trees for the home’s residents to use.

Staff will also run workshops on health and wellbeing in the garden.

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