Michael says thank you to exercise team

BREATHING EASIER From left, Anna Walker, Michael Fay, Ivor Dennett and Debbie Cox. Michael and Ivor have COPD and nominated Anna and Debbie of the pulmonary rehab team in The News health awards. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131941-1)

BREATHING EASIER From left, Anna Walker, Michael Fay, Ivor Dennett and Debbie Cox. Michael and Ivor have COPD and nominated Anna and Debbie of the pulmonary rehab team in The News health awards. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131941-1)

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LEARNING different exercise techniques to help a breathing problem has helped Michael Fay.

The 65-year-old suffers from respiratory problems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema.

But after a six-week course he said that he has more energy and has met new people.

Mr Fay, of Redlands Lane, Fareham, has put forward the pulmonary rehabilitation team for the Best of Health Awards 2013.

He said: ‘The team encourages you to be more fit, and go one step further.

‘You definitely feel the benefit from it.

‘My life is 100 per cent better from it.

‘It’s free to go to and after you finish they do an assessment to see how you have got on.

‘They do an assessment first to compare.’

The team run sessions in various community places, including the Fareham Leisure Centre, in Park Lane, Fareham.

The team has been put forward for Community Team/Nurse of the Year category.

Anna Walker, pulmonary rehabilitation team leader, said: ‘We are really excited that one of our patients has taken the time to nominate us for a Best of Health Award.

‘We are truly thankful.

‘We always take pride in ensuring all our patients receive the best care possible from the time they come into contact with us right up to when we discharge them.

‘Helping people get better is a role we are privileged to play and one that we cherish most.

‘Being nominated by one of our patients has put smiles on the team’s faces and we hope to go on and win this award now – for our patients.’

People have one more day left to nominate their health hero.

There are 12 categories, and it’s free to nominate teams or individuals.

To nominate email healthawards@thenews.co.uk.

The awards night is on Friday, October 25, at Portsmouth Guildhall.

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