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Free Pilates class for carers – by Amanda Kemp

SELF-CARE SATURDAY: New Pilates class Saturdays 10-10.30am / Live on Zoom / All proceeds to charity / Free for carers

As a mum to an 11 year old boy with a chromosomal disorder and autism I understand only too well how the restrictions caused by Covid-19 have had a huge impact on the mental health of carers.

My non-verbal son has no sense of danger and severe learning disabilities which means he can never be left alone. The lifeline of occasional overnight respite, for which we spent years fighting, abruptly ended last March, putting a huge strain on us as a family.  

With crucial support services closed across the country, the impact on the lives of unpaid carers, many of whom have had to give up their jobs, is massive, pushing them to the limit.

This class is to support carers.  Everyone is welcome. It’s a beginner level class, 10-10.30am every Saturday morning during lockdown, £6 per person with all proceeds going to The Children’s Respite Trust, a small charity that provides respite for disabled children and support for their families.  

Carers can attend this class for free!

We’ll have lots of fun as I take you through the fundamentals of the amazing Pilates method including efficient breathing, spinal mobility, and joint stability.

For me Pilates is vital for keeping my physical and mental health on an even keel, especially during this difficult time, and I’d love to share it with as many people as possible.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Send me a message or email

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.  

All you need is a mat or towel and download zoom (for free) on your laptop/tablet/phone.

If you’d like to learn more about The Children’s Respite Trust please visit


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