UK Active Awards - Abbeycroft Leisure

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Helen Bye – Physical Activity Champion Award

Three years ago, Helen, then a health and fitness coach, developed an idea born out of a conversation with a lead midwife. This is where Active Mums™ began.

What started as one small group, is now three continual rolling programmes, with a further three set to roll out later this year.

Helen developed, in partnership with the local Midwifery teams, an antenatal programme for pregnant ladies with a high BMI. The programme aims to provide support, information and techniques to implement lifestyle changes in order to reduce risks for the baby and mum-to-be during pregnancy and birth, with these changes lasting far longer than pregnancy. Helen took an initial idea from concept to delivery which is now in a growth phase, working with three midwifery teams across three district councils.

The impact the programme has on the mums-to-be motivates Helen to work above and beyond her job role, advocating an active lifestyle. Helen has worked tirelessly, to grow and create a sustainable model, training and mentoring other members of staff within both Abbeycroft Leisure and in partner trusts in order to roll the programme out across the county.

Helen’s new expertise is only surpassed by her passion to create a service that offers both mother and baby the best start at a life changing time.

Ann Williamson – Unsung Hero Award

A unique, inspiring individual, with great passion, energy and commitment to give back to her local community. Ann has been the driving force behind: Women on Wheels (WoW) – Ladies Charity Cycle Ride. She is a WoW Ambassador, supporting new events.

The Bury St Edmunds events only have raised £30,000 for the local hospice.

Bury Bicycle Collective (BBC) – a group Ann set up to enable ladies to cycle regularly Rickshaw project – giving the vulnerable, elderly and less able bodied the opportunity to ride in a Rickshaw. Just for a ride, or stopping for a cup of tea or an ice cream.

Bury Goes Biking – a closed road, family ride around the local town. Fully funded and free for 500 people.

Fun and Fed – Something close to Ann’s heart, worried how young people were not accessing food and activities, she arrange activity and lunch during the school holiday.

Every community needs an Ann!