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press release: Innerva

Innerva partners with Swale Community Leisure to support pensioner on new fitness journey

13 Mar 2024
Melvyn has thrived in the safe and supportive environment of the studio / Innerva
Innerva is helping one lucky pensioner to keep active after he started exercising for the first time at the age of 65.

Melvyn Ingram from Sheppey in Kent won a 12-month membership at Sheppey Leisure Complex in summer 2023. With full access to the centre’s diverse range of facilities, it was in the Health Studio where he discovered a new passion for activity.

Melvyn has thrived in the safe and supportive environment of the studio, which offers Innerva’s power-assisted exercise equipment. Despite grappling with rheumatoid arthritis, stress and depression, he completes three rounds of the 10-piece circuit, three to four times every week.

As a result, Melvyn has seen a marked improvement in his health. In addition to losing weight and significantly reducing his blood pressure, Melvyn is more active in his daily life and now volunteers for local charities Sheppey Matters and Wisdom Hospice charity shop.

“He’s brilliant; always on time, so helpful and such a hard worker. If anything breaks in the shop, we know Melvyn will have a good go at fixing it - he’s a proper odd job man for us,” says Julia Purkins, Assistant Manager of Wisdom Hospice charity shop, where Melvyn volunteers two days a week.

Living alone, the social aspect of the studio has positively impacted Melvyn’s mental health too.

“I love the Health Studio; it sets me up for the day. When I turn up in the morning, I might think I’ve got a few problems on my mind, but by the time I walk out, I’ve solved them all. Coming here has boosted my mental health. The other customers are really friendly and we have a right laugh. I sometimes walk out with my jaw aching because I’ve laughed so much,” he says.

Melvyn is so enjoying the benefits of the Health Studio that he is saving up to continue his membership when it expires in a few months.

In recognition of his dedication, Innerva and Swale Community Leisure, which operates Sheppey Leisure Complex in partnership with Serco Leisure, are funding a six-month extension to Melvyn’s membership, enabling him to continue his fitness journey at the Health Studio.

Laura Childs, Head of Marketing at Innerva, says: “Melvyn’s story demonstrates the positive impact of a supportive and inclusive fitness environment. We are delighted to contribute to the wellbeing of someone who does so much for others and we wish Melvyn many more successful years in the Health Studio.”

James Reynolds, Partnership Manager for Serco Leisure in Kent, said: “Melvyn’s story and experience of the Health Studio is exactly why we created this facility within a facility at Sheppey Leisure Complex in 2019. The customers who use this part of the centre are often not people who would use a traditional gym, but they’ve found a home at the Health Studio. They’re staying active, keeping socially engaged and as Melvyn has shown, they’re reaping the health benefits!”
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Address: 3 Queen's Square Business Park, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 6QZ, United Kingdom
Jon Hymus, managing director
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press release: Innerva

Innerva partners with Swale Community Leisure to support pensioner on new fitness journey

13 Mar 2024
Melvyn has thrived in the safe and supportive environment of the studio / Innerva
Innerva is helping one lucky pensioner to keep active after he started exercising for the first time at the age of 65.

Melvyn Ingram from Sheppey in Kent won a 12-month membership at Sheppey Leisure Complex in summer 2023. With full access to the centre’s diverse range of facilities, it was in the Health Studio where he discovered a new passion for activity.

Melvyn has thrived in the safe and supportive environment of the studio, which offers Innerva’s power-assisted exercise equipment. Despite grappling with rheumatoid arthritis, stress and depression, he completes three rounds of the 10-piece circuit, three to four times every week.

As a result, Melvyn has seen a marked improvement in his health. In addition to losing weight and significantly reducing his blood pressure, Melvyn is more active in his daily life and now volunteers for local charities Sheppey Matters and Wisdom Hospice charity shop.

“He’s brilliant; always on time, so helpful and such a hard worker. If anything breaks in the shop, we know Melvyn will have a good go at fixing it - he’s a proper odd job man for us,” says Julia Purkins, Assistant Manager of Wisdom Hospice charity shop, where Melvyn volunteers two days a week.

Living alone, the social aspect of the studio has positively impacted Melvyn’s mental health too.

“I love the Health Studio; it sets me up for the day. When I turn up in the morning, I might think I’ve got a few problems on my mind, but by the time I walk out, I’ve solved them all. Coming here has boosted my mental health. The other customers are really friendly and we have a right laugh. I sometimes walk out with my jaw aching because I’ve laughed so much,” he says.

Melvyn is so enjoying the benefits of the Health Studio that he is saving up to continue his membership when it expires in a few months.

In recognition of his dedication, Innerva and Swale Community Leisure, which operates Sheppey Leisure Complex in partnership with Serco Leisure, are funding a six-month extension to Melvyn’s membership, enabling him to continue his fitness journey at the Health Studio.

Laura Childs, Head of Marketing at Innerva, says: “Melvyn’s story demonstrates the positive impact of a supportive and inclusive fitness environment. We are delighted to contribute to the wellbeing of someone who does so much for others and we wish Melvyn many more successful years in the Health Studio.”

James Reynolds, Partnership Manager for Serco Leisure in Kent, said: “Melvyn’s story and experience of the Health Studio is exactly why we created this facility within a facility at Sheppey Leisure Complex in 2019. The customers who use this part of the centre are often not people who would use a traditional gym, but they’ve found a home at the Health Studio. They’re staying active, keeping socially engaged and as Melvyn has shown, they’re reaping the health benefits!”
More press releases and updates from Innerva:
A charity dedicated to narrowing the gender and ethnic diversity gap in physical activity has launched a community wellbeing space aimed at extending the lives of people with some of the UK’s poorest health outcomes.
The Wellness Hub is tackling health inequalities among those who don’t typically engage with conventional fitness facilities, including older adults, those on low incomes and people with long term health conditions.
Sandwell Leisure Trust has created an exercise haven tailored for those who struggle to access traditional gym settings due to their age, health or mobility.
Hildegarde Naughton T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health and Wellbeing, has officially opened Ireland’s first power-assisted exercise studio.
The first studio in Benelux to adopt Innerva’s power-assisted exercise solution has launched in the Netherlands.
Innerva: news from HCMmag.com and FitTechGlobal.com
HCM editor, Liz Terry, has called on the sector to step up to assist the NHS with stroke rehabilitation to avoid millions being left with life-changing disabilities.
Power-assisted exercise specialist Innerva has teamed up with academics and technology providers to launch Planet Wellbeing, a virtual reality solution designed to alleviate loneliness and mental health issues in older adults.
Innerva has launched an off-the-shelf solution to help operators deliver successful power- assisted exercise studios and unlock the potential of the UK’s ageing population.
Innerva’s new access range, comprising the power-assisted Rotary Torso and Torso Dip, addresses the issues caused by prolonged wheelchair use. Innerva’s head of product development, Matt Holland, developed the range for gyms and leisure centres. It is a creation that recently won him the Future Leaders Award from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.
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Everyone's talking about: Stroke rehab
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Innerva
Tel: 01484 667474
Address: 3 Queen's Square Business Park, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 6QZ, United Kingdom
Jon Hymus, managing director
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Key customers
Our key customers span leisure (leisure trusts, council, independent and private operators), rehabilitation and therapy centres and care.
Plans for the next 12 months
We will further develop our solution to support active and healthy ageing, working with our health, academic and operator partners to meet the needs of those with long-term health conditions and bridge the gap between fitness and health.

The next year includes the launch of our new digital solution and the results of a pioneering pilot to improve outcomes for stroke victims at University Hospital in Wishaw.

Our continued international expansion will give the world’s ageing population an accessible exercise solution to improve physical and mental health.
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“After 10 years of running its flagship Innerva suite in the UK, Lincs Inspire invested in an additional circuit of power assisted exercise machines to create a Wellness Hub within Grimsby Health & Wellbeing Centre, which now has 22 Innerva machines across three rooms, with over 600 members visiting regularly to improve their health, activity levels and wellbeing.”

– Ben Frary, sports and health improvement manager, Lincs. Inspire
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