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Help For Heroes
Thursday 4th March, 2010

Help For Heroes
Left to right. Chris Megarell (Active Living Team), Karen Hall(Active Living Team), David Lee (White Uniform) from Kitt Green, Julian Winstanley from Kitt Green, Michelle Whalley( holding cheque) from Kitt Green, Paul Culshaw (Promotions team Reflex nightclub), Cheryl Bond from Springfield, Matt Johnson from Norley Hall, Juliane Streitner (Reflex Manageress) Emma Moran(Active Living Team).


A club night for people with learning disabilities has raised more than £300 for members of the armed forces wounded in action.

Members of Respect Reflex dressed in military uniform to raise the cash for national charity Help For Heroes.

Respect Reflex is a monthly club night dedicated to encouraging adults with learning disabilities to get fit by hitting the dance floor.

On Tuesday night more than 130 revellers paid tribute to the country’s heroic fighting men and women with a special themed night with money from ticket sales collected for the charity.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living Team organise the nights through their "Let’s Get Active" project to increase confidence and fitness for people with learning disabilities.

More than 120 adults with learning difficulties regularly attend the night which is designed to encourage people to take regular exercise and reduce the risk of heart disease, help weight loss and at the same time increase self-esteem, confidence and social interaction.

Emma Moran, Community Learning Disabilities Officer for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust said: “Help for Heroes raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of their country. They ask supporters to “do their bit” and we hope we’ve helped to show how much we value these extraordinary men and women.”

The “Let’s Get Active” project, funded by Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust, is part of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living Team’s aim to support people in becoming more physically active to help improve their health and quality of life.

They also provide targeted physical activity and health programmes for sedentary and older adults, those with chronic health needs, under 5s (and parents and carers), employees and targeted communities.

Admission to “Respect Reflex” is by ticket only which must be purchased in advance by contacting, Emma Moran, Karen Hall or Chris Megarrell on (01942) 828 572.

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