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Enfield cancer charity launches new health programme with help from Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is supporting the new health and wellbeing sessions at Nightingale Cancer Support Centre in Enfield Town

Spurs defender Ben Davies visits Nightingale Cancer Support Centre in Enfield Town (credit Tottenham Hotspur Foundation)
Spurs defender Ben Davies (left) visits The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre in Enfield (credit Tottenham Hotspur Foundation)

Spurs defender Ben Davies showed his support for a new Tottenham Hotspur Foundation programme delivering health and wellbeing sessions to Enfield residents living with cancer.

The sessions, which are an extension of the foundation’s existing Shape Up With Spurs scheme, are delivered in partnership with The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre in Baker Street.

They consist of chair-based, low-impact physical activity, under the guidance of health instructors, for people at various stages of their cancer journey.

The sessions also enable participants to engage in conversation and enhance their social wellbeing as well as improve physical outcomes, with friends and family members also invited to take part.

Wales international Davies dropped into a session held at The Nightingale last week, meeting participants and staff, taking part in the chair-based exercises and answering questions around health and nutrition as a professional athlete.

The Spurs defender said: “The session was challenging and fun – it was great to be involved with the group. As players, it’s great to come out to the local community and see the work that the club is doing.


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Spurs defender Ben Davies visits Nightingale Cancer Support Centre in Enfield Town (credit Tottenham Hotspur Foundation)
Ben Davies takes a selfie with a participant at The Nightingale (credit Tottenham Hotspur Foundation)

“Something as simple as an exercise class can make so much difference to people – it brings you into the present and provides a boost, even for a short period of time.

“One of the main reasons team sport is great is that you enjoy the highs together and in the tough times the team have your back. Everyone here is in high spirits and you wouldn’t know this was a cancer support centre.”

Lucy McGinn, from The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, said: “It’s not just people who are diagnosed with cancer that are affected – it’s family, friends, colleagues as well. We provide physical and practical support free of charge, from fitness classes to massage, as well as emotional and peer-to-peer support. People can come here and essentially get a break from cancer.”

Adam Millar, programme co-ordinator at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, added: “We’re looking to reduce health inequalities across North London by providing free health activity sessions for different groups in different communities […] We aim to make sessions inclusive and fun so people keep coming back – long-term change is what we’re looking for.”


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