“I get a sense of pride after each class and being told how much it was enjoyed makes it all worthwhile.”

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During lockdown Harlington Hospice has had to move many of its services online including its weekly sessions of Tripudio exercise classes with patients.

These are vital not only for the exercise but also for patients to have contact with the Hospice. Tripudio is movement exercise with a focus on the fluid systems of the body, including the lymphatic system. Tripudio classes start and finish with a specifically designed warm-up and cool-down sequence. The class is a combination of connective tissue stretching, non-weight bearing gentle strengthening and low impact aerobic dances set to music.

Nickey (pictured taking a class before the pandemic) who runs the classes said, “It’s a great feeling to see the group push themselves in completing the sequences of each exercise routine.  I get a sense of pride after each class and being told how much it was enjoyed makes it all worthwhile.”

One of Harlington Hospice’s patients added, “Tripudio has helped me a lot through lockdown.  It’s enjoyable and good to see other people in the group and connect with them again . Its boosted my mood.”

The money raised from the The Hospice lottery Partnership has helped Harlington Hospice to buy the equipment needed for this new virtual way of service delivery.