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Free health activities at South Tyneside festivals thanks to National Charity Partnership

South Tyneside Council is teaming up with the National Charity Partnership, a collaboration between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco, to help residents get active, have fun and look after their health at festivals across the region.

Families can enjoy a range of fun and free activities at Boldon Colliery Festival on Wednesday 23 August, thanks to the National Charity Partnership.

The activities will be funded by the charity partnership as part of its Let’s Do This campaign. The campaign encourages people to take small steps towards healthier lifestyles by signing up to free local activities.

The festival, which is being supported by the council, will also encourage local residents to take part in active games and competitions between 11am – 3pm.

The activities on offer at the event include traditional sports and games such as Tug of War, sack races, Egg & Spoon, bean bag balance race, plus shuttle races, face painting and family competitions.

The National Charity Partnership – which is dedicated to helping people reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease through physical activity and eating healthily – will also be offering expert advice on how to achieve their goals and find out about free physical activity classes available in the local area.

Matthew McKee, Prevention Programme Manager for the National Charity Partnership said “We aim to inspire people to find out about the great activities available across South Tyneside. We hope that by giving people more opportunities to get active, it will encourage them to think about their wellbeing and start making small changes towards better long-term health.”

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “Being active has a great deal of benefits, including lowering people’s risk of health conditions including Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. This partnership gives us an ideal opportunity to encourage our residents to lead healthier lifestyles and improve their fitness, while also having fun.”

As well as funding the activities to inspire more people to looks after their health, the partnership’s online 8 Week Challenge encourages people to set and monitor their health-related targets and encourages them to stay motivated and achieve their goals.

Festival goers can also head over to Grange Park Festival on Saturday 16th September in East Boldon.


For the latest updates on Boldon Colliery Festival and Grange Park Festival and to find out more about the physical activity programmes in South Tyneside, visit the website.