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Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Yorkshire Cancer Research Helping Cancer Patients Stay Active

Leeds Rhinos Foundation partnership excerptLaunching this September Leeds Rhinos Foundation, in partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research, will be running their Active Beyond Cancer programme, for people looking to build back the fitness following cancer treatment.
In March 2017, the two charities came together to launch the cancer rehabilitation programme and following a successful pilot programme with a women’s group they will now be expanding the programme and running courses for men and women at three venues across Leeds.
Active Beyond Cancer is a free 12-week programme for people who have been affected by cancer and aims to rebuild fitness by increasing and maintaining physical activity, boost confidence, improve health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of recurrence and other long-term health conditions.
Working with Leeds City Council, the programme will be run at three locations from 25th September including Armley, Rothwell and Fearnville leisure centres with a female only, male only and mixed groups available.
The programme is suitable for all people affected by cancer at any point, whether recently diagnosed, receiving treatment or in post-treatment who will be able to take part in a variety of physical activities tailored to the needs of their group from Zumba Gold, Thai Chi, ballroom dancing classes to walking rugby, group exercise circuits and chair exercises.
Adam Lunn, Programme Leader at Leeds Rhinos Programme said:
“The pilot programme has been a huge success, with participants improving their levels of physical activity, well-being and reducing their level of fatigue and with some feedback from the group we have fine-tuned the service further and are now looking forward to supporting more men and women going forward.
“The programme offers a range of benefits from things as simple as peer support to up to date information on health, diet and exercise with lots of taster activities to try, then as part of the legacy attendees can continue to build their confidence and health, making use of their gym inductions and subsidised access to exercise sessions across the city.”
Leeds Rhinos Foundation partnership
Joe Taylor, Partnerships Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Leeds Rhinos Foundation to offer our Active Beyond Cancer programme to more patients in the Leeds area. There are currently about 190,000 people in Yorkshire living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis who all have emotional, physical and practical needs that go beyond medical care. We are dedicated to providing patients with the very best information and advice so that they feel better supported and go on to live long and healthy lives.”
The programme is available through self-referrals via Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s health practitioners where you can receive further information on our three Tea and Talk information events, referral process, programme start dates, times and locations.
To register interest and confirm your attendance email

Tea and Talk information events

Armley Leisure Centre, Carr Crofts, Leeds, LS12 3HB.
Mixed Gender
Date: Wednesday 30th August 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm
Fernville Leisure Centre, Oakwood Ln, Leeds, LS8 3LF
Male Only
Date: Thursday 31st August 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm
Rothwell Leisure Centre, Wakefield Rd, Oulton, LS26 8EL.
Women Only
Date: Thursday 31st August 2017
Time: 4:30 – 6:00pm


Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 565 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient’s journey.
    • Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
  • For further information, please visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


Contact Information

  • Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer – Yorkshire Cancer Research
  • Tel: 01423 877 228

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