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Helping Margate get active this summer

The British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and Tesco inspire Margate residents to get active  

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The National Charity Partnership between the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Diabetes UK and Tesco were in Margate over the weekend, inspiring local residents to get active by offering free physical activity sessions during the National Beach Volleyball Finals. This event marked the start of the work the Partnership team will be doing in the area over the next three years to tackle gaps in health inequalities.  

Throughout the course of the weekend the Partnership team helped over 100 families to get active by offering them new sports to try out.  The activities on offer included football, beach volleyball, table tennis and a mini javelin throwing tournament. They also helped to inspire residents to make healthy decisions by giving out over 3,000 water bottles and 1,000 bananas at the event.

Thanet is the first of nine areas across the UK where the National Charity Partnership will specifically be working with local organisations to help reduce the community’s risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.  The area sees some of the highest gaps in life expectancy in the country between more affluent and deprived wards in the District. Tesco staff have been fundraising since January to fund the delivery of this and other similar projects nationwide. 

Alex Davis, Prevention Manager for the National Charity Partnership explains; “Thanet currently has the highest gap in life expectancy between different wards in the country. The area also has large numbers of people living with undiagnosed heart conditions. Our presence at the National Volleyball finals this weekend was a great success. There was a good attendance and being on the ground meant we were able to speak and engage face-to-face with residents and families, which is a really valuable tool for us.  

“Heart disease and Type 2 diabetes are both serious conditions that can shorten lives. We look forward to developing and delivering similar activities with the local council over the next three years.” 

Cllr Fairbrass added; “Thanet District Council are pleased to support the work of the National Charity Partnership in promoting more opportunities for residents to keep active.  The Margate Masters event, whilst showcasing the elite players in the country, has played an important role in highlighting to local residents what the coastline has to offer and how they can get involved with physical activity.

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