Strood Leisure Centre now has new equipment for customers with disabilities, thanks to a donation by Medway Council.

Staff at Echoes Gym have been fundraising in order to reach a target of £13,000 to buy a balance trainer, which helps with standing with sensory, motor and cognitive activity and a Thera Bike, which helps to keep the body strong and flexible.

Customer Advisor Anita Knight and her team managed to raise £1,335 by organising quizzes and raffles, but Medway Council has now stepped in to donate £12,000 so that the equipment can be purchased.

Please join us on Wednesday, 15 June at 10am, at Echoes Gym when customers will be using the new equipment. Staff will also be on hand to explain the benefits of the equipment for people with disabilities.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Services Cllr David Brake and Assistant Director of Adult Services, David Quirke-Thornton will also be in attendance.

Cllr Brake said: “We are committed to ensuring that leisure and fitness facilities across Medway are accessible to all. Staff in the leisure services are really keen to offer those with disabilities the best service to meet their needs, and want to do everything we can to support their efforts in achieving this”.