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Martial arts improve the wellbeing of older people in Brighton

Community Hub at Patching Lodge in Brighton

84-year-old Barbara Cripps from Patching Lodge, Brighton has regained most of the mobility in her right arm, thanks to a new martial-arts based exercise class. Taught by martial arts instructor Shamsul Choudhury, the new classes combine traditional Shotokan Karate with high intensity chair-based exercises.

The classes are largely thanks to a partnership between Hanover and Volunteering Matters, who have created a community hub specifically designed to improve the health and wellbeing of older people living in the seaside resort town.

Sensei Shamsul says: ‘I am really proud of the dedication of all of my lively students, especially Barbara. In just over three months her mobility has gone from strength to strength and now she even packs quite a mean punch!’

Caroline Carter, Support Assistant at Patching Lodge says: ‘These exercise classes have been a tremendous success. The fantastic partnership we have with Volunteering Matters, coupled with a busy timetable of activities, makes Patching Lodge the perfect community hub for older people living in Brighton.’