Dave and Carole's story
In 2014 Dave and his wife Carole visited their local G.P. in Bradford.
“Carole is blind and the doctor encouraged us to go along on the Friends of Bowling Park walk, so that she could meet other people and make some new friends.” Dave told us.
“The other walkers were really nice friendly people and made us feel welcome right from the start. We attended a couple of times and soon became regulars on the walk.”
After a few months the scheme coordinator announced that the walk may have to stop, as one of the walk leaders was going into hospital. Dave volunteered to train as a walk leader to help support the group.
“I attended the free, one day training course and I’ve been helping out as a walk leader ever since. It’s so rewarding supporting other walkers and seeing them get fitter. We go as slow as the slowest walker to make sure that no one struggles.”
In 2006 Dave was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“Unfortunately they can’t get rid of it.” Dave said. “I have to go back every 6 months for a check-up and a blood sample. I believe that regular walking has been really beneficial as I don’t need to take any drugs to manage it, it’s kept me in good shape.”
Dave is keen to encourage others to try out their local health walks.
“I’d definitely recommend volunteering with Walking for Health. As well as the physical side it also helps to put you in a better mood. Walking in the park helps you notice the green of the trees, and you can hear the birds singing.
"Now that we’ve been going for a few years Carole has made some close friends who she can link arms with, while I’m busy helping out with the other walkers.”