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Formerly wheelchair-bound pensioner running exercise classes

Leamington Editorial 28th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A PENSIONER who was wheelchair bound is back on her feet and even helping others get into shape by running her own exercise classes.

When 86-year-old Mona Pratt moved from her Leamington home to nearby Priors House two year ago she was depressed and was confined to her wheelchair.

But through her strong will and the support of those at the Old Milverton Lane care home, she gradually started to find her feet again.

Mona began taking part in the home’s exercise and singing sessions, giving her a reason to get out of bed in the morning and keep active.

Now she is the life and soul of the party, and even helps to run the fitness classes and devise routines for the other residents.

Mona said: “I love the independence it has given me. I particularly love the singing classes, especially Tom Jones.

“Through taking part in activities and fun exercise classes I can now get out and about regularly and be more sociable with other residents and the care team.”

Mona is described as a ‘ray of light’ and even goes to other care homes to help run exercise sessions and encourage older people to join in.

Activities coordinator Jon Sneath said: “It is wonderful to see Mona’s transformation. She is a completely different person full of wit and encouragement for others when they are in need of a kind word.

“Mona took to the classes like a duck to water and has since gone on to spread the word at other care homes, assisting with classes and leading enthusiastic sessions. The smile on her face when helping with the classes is priceless, she beams from ear to ear, cracks jokes and chats along with everyone.”

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