Move More Coordinator Nuala sets virtual ‘Round the World’ challenge

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Nuala McVeigh is challenging Move More participants to virtually climb their way their way around global landmarks and stay active during the Covid-19 crisis!

Walking to the top of the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty or Big Ben might seem like a mammoth task, but Nuala, who is the Macmillan Move More Coordinator for the ABC area, is encouraging her participants to take part in a virtual challenge – and slowly but surely reach these impressive heights from home in the coming weeks.

Nuala is one of 11 Move More Coordinators funded by Macmillan in every council area of Northern Ireland to support people living with cancer. The Move More programme helps people to get active and stay active – physical activity is safe during and after most types of cancer treatment and can help to reduce the side effects of this treatment, prevent the occurrence of other long-term conditions and reduce the risk of cancer spreading or returning.

Since lockdown has been in place, Move More Coordinators have been working from home. So, while face-to-face classes and appointments are not possible, Nuala and her colleagues have been working on positive, fun and interesting ways to keep Move More participants motivated and active at home.

“Like all Move More Coordinators, I’m usually based in our local leisure facilities or out and about meeting participants,” said Nuala.

“We were due to have our first regional event of 2020 this month where our coordinators and participants usually travel to one part of NI to take part in a fun activity and have some social time together. But even though we can’t bring our everyone together in person, we wanted to find a way to motivate and connect our groups virtually and give them all a positive goal to focus on.

“It’s simple for Move More participants to get involved in our round the world challenge. We’ve identified how many steps it would take to climb certain landmarks, and we’re encouraging people to virtually climb as many landmarks as they can by building up their steps every day using a front door step, bottom stair or kerb, and keeping track of their daily tally. We have developed a pack to support those getting involved and of course, we’re encouraging participants to take part at a level that is appropriate for their level of fitness. They’ll be sharing their updates with us and letting us know how they’re getting on as the days and weeks progress. We may not be able to physically travel the world at the moment, but there’s no limit on our imagination!”

Damien McConville is a participant in the local Move More programme says that the challenge is literally keeping them on their toes! He says, “I certainly miss catching up in person, as much for the social benefits as well as the important exercise, but while we’re all following government advice and staying at home, Nuala and her colleagues are keeping us busy. This challenge is a lot of fun – it’s great to have a target to concentrate on and there will no doubt be a bit of good-hearted competition across the groups! Many of us stay in touch through WhatsApp groups so we’re only ever a message away from some encouragement and inspiration.”

To find out more about the challenge or how you can be referred to the Move More programme contact Nuala on 077 1175 6836, email or visit the Move More NI facebook page.

Comprehensive information and support, including Macmillan’s latest guidance and advice on the impact of coronavirus on cancer care, is available on www.macmillan.org.uk