Active Games For All, the Verwood group who successfully raised funds for fitness equipment and a multi-use games area in the Verwood Memorial Recreation Ground, have now installed two items specifically for those in wheelchairs to exercise.
Local resident, Joanna Birley tried out the new equipment watched over by her daughter, Meg and friends. Joanne’s verdict was that they were “absolutely brilliant” and their installation redresses the balance and means that she can exercise whilst her children are using the facilities in the Recreation Ground. The wheelchair items feature a post with pedals to exercise arms and/or feet and the other has a choice of a push-up lift and a pull-down bar. Embedded rubber matting enables wheelchair users to access the grassed area from the new footpath.
AGFA had hoped to spend their remaining funds on further improvements for the Recreation Ground – additional rubber matting around the other fitness items to stop wear and tear and some extra seats, but these offers have all been rejected by the Recreation Ground Trustees.
To say AGFA are disappointed would be an understatement and they will be calling a public meeting to debate who they donate their leftover funds to, so that the group’s accounts can be wound up. It will need to be a group with similar aims.