Featured Article

Fitness coach ‘climbs’ Everest in his home

Fitness coach ‘climbs’ Everest in his home

15/05/20

A strength and conditioning coach has ‘climbed’ Mount Everest during the lockdown to raise awareness and funds for a mental health charity.

Adam Heywood, a senior fitness coach at Life Leisure in Stockport, came up with the ‘Everest for the Boys’ challenge to raise money for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which runs a helpline supporting anyone suffering from anxiety, loneliness or isolation, particularly aimed at young men.

Adam, 32, who has suffered from depression, walked up and down his stairs almost 5,000 times while wearing a 10kg vest – so far raising £600 for the charity. He averaged around 9,000 steps a day for seven days, covering the equivalent of 11 miles.

He said: “Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day.

“CALM is a charity which is aimed directly at young men, speaks to them in a language they understand and raises awareness that it’s ok to talk about their feelings.

“With what’s happening in the world right now everyone is feeling more pressure – whether that’s financial, health, family, isolation, or something else.

“Organisations like CALM are vital to supporting mental wellbeing – but are especially important in times like these.

“I’ve always suffered with my mental health. It wasn’t until speaking about my feelings that things started getting better. Organisations like CALM talk to people at their lowest moments – I can’t think of a better time to show my support.”

Adam, from Droylsden, completed the challenge while on furlough from Life Leisure. The sports and leisure provider has been temporarily closed to the public as a result of the pandemic, but has been encouraging staff and members to stay active at home.

News Archive

Fitness coach ‘climbs’ Everest in his home

Fitness coach ‘climbs’ Everest in his home

Adam Heywood, a senior fitness coach at Life Leisure in Stockport, came up with the ‘Everest for the Boys’ challenge to raise money for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which runs a helpline supporting anyone suffering from anxiety, loneliness or isolation, particularly aimed at young men.

Life Leisure named ‘one to watch’ in national business list

Life Leisure named ‘one to watch’ in national business list

A Stockport leisure provider has been given special recognition by the team behind the Sunday Times’ 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Life Leisure staff raise £100s in honour former colleague

Life Leisure staff raise £100s in honour former colleague

Staff at Life Leisure arranged the six-a-side competition in honour of former colleague Martin Harriman, who sadly passed away in May last year, with donations divided between the Stroke Association and Stepping Hill Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Stockport Sports Awards 2019...Winners Announced

Stockport Sports Awards 2019...Winners Announced

Stockport’s elite athletes, clubs, volunteers and local community champions were recognised for their hard work and dedication to sport at Stockport’s annual Sports & Physical Activity Awards, at Houldsworth Golf Club, Reddish last Friday 27th September.

Lucy Eyles shows ‘That Counts!’, in new campaign to get Stockport more active

Lucy Eyles shows ‘That Counts!’, in new campaign to get Stockport more active

Lucy Eyles, a retired special needs teacher from Woodley, stars in That Counts! - a major new campaign aiming to inspire thousands of people from across Stockport and Greater Manchester to lead a more active life.

Stockport streets come alive for Big Stockport Run

Stockport streets come alive for Big Stockport Run

Hundreds of runners took to the streets this weekend for the Big Stockport Run. This year was extra special as it included the fun family ‘Frog Dash’, which led children and families on a hunt around decorated frogs, which were installed as part of the Giant Leap Frog Art Trail and will be removed from the town centre at the end of the month.

Tour of Britain set to race through Stockport's streets

Tour of Britain set to race through Stockport's streets

With less than a month to go until the world’s finest cyclist’s race through Stockport’s streets, the build-up to the event is gathering pace.

Leap into action at the Big Stockport Run

Leap into action at the Big Stockport Run

The town’s army of decorated frogs have been given a special role at this year’s BIG Stockport Run.

Former football pro channels on-pitch passion into becoming a Stockport business champion

Former football pro channels on-pitch passion into becoming a Stockport business champion

Having ditched the pitch - playing on it at least - former football star Seb Rowe (34) has been recognised as a business champion changing lives in Stockport.

National Award for dedicated youth sports coach

National Award for dedicated youth sports coach

A sports coach credited with helping reduce anti-social behaviour on estates across Stockport has been recognised with a national award for her efforts.