Popular classes close after funding is lost for vitality group

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A vitality group for the over 60s which expanded because of high demand last year is closing in Bourne because of a lack in funding.

The decision by Vitality has left group members feeling “dissappointed and “badly let down.”

Margaret Haggerty, of Kingsway, Bourne, who attends the sessions run in Wake House in North Street, on Wednesday mornings has written to the company which runs the sessions on behalf of the whole group expressing their grievances.

Vitality, which runs the sessions across the county, said it was having to close its popular classes which are part funded by subsidies, because it can only secure funding for health deprived areas which Bourne does not qualify as.

Classes in Morton and Stamford will also close.

County Vitality project manager Louise Thompson said: “Vitality, which delivers movement and exercise classes for the over sixties, will no longer deliver classes from the Bourne and Stamford area.

“This decision was based on the limited annual funding that our not-for-profit organisation receives to provide the service.

“We have looked at all 
other alternative funds to continue providing the classes in Bourne and Stamford, which have proved unsuccessful.

“We have contacted every individual this affects to advise them of the decision, why it was taken and informing them of their nearest alternative class.

“Many of the participants from the Morton class are happy to continue their Vitality class at another location and we apologise to the remaining participants from the Bourne and Stamford classes.”

However Mrs Haggerty said there is little option to join other classes in Bourne because they are already oversubscribed.

Mrs Haggerty said that when she made enquiries about sessions run at The Centre at Elsea Park she discovered there were 29 people on the waiting list. She also said the group would have been willing to pay more to keep the service.

Vitality classes aim to keep people healthy by keeping them active.

They help to develop increased mobility, balance, posture, breathing and co-ordination.

This is achieved by putting participants through their paces with a range of physiotherapy-based moves to music.