Retired Grandmother Theresa was delighted to join the new Let's Walk! group in Hackney, back in October 2020. What started as a way to help improve her health, brought other benefits too.
Her connection with the people and nature on the canal is now a very special part of her week. Theresa speaks highly of our volunteer lead walker Richard, and the friendships she's made.
Walking has made the world of difference to Theresa's health: “I've been having aches and pains from the age of 27, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and at one point the doctors were giving me so many different painkillers to help, but then it started affecting my kidneys. So that's why I'm doing all these activities, it helps with my aches and pains. And since I've been walking, although I still have the pain, I'm not in as much agony as before.”
Theresa experienced another worry around her health: “I was always watching what I ate, and I thought I was keeping myself healthy. So it was a shock for me when the doctors told me I was prediabetic. But the walking has really, really helped. The diabetes never developed.