For many, 1Life is the place you go to take your children swimming or attend your favourite exercise class, go to the gym or even play sport. Since the end of March 1Life closed its doors, emptied the pools and said “goodbye; for now” to members, staff and customers as we entered into this period of social distancing. However, despite the clubs and centres being closed, 1Life has been busy behind the scenes doing what it can to support not only its members but communities up and down the country as well.
Many local 1Life centres cleared out cupboards, cafes, stock rooms and fridges and donated all the food and drink to local food banks in a bid to support those less fortunate within our communities.
Whilst in St Albans, 1Life worked with the local St Albans District Council to donate more than 10,000 blue cover shoes to the local Hospital in Watford which had previously announced it was struggling to source PPE and clothing.
The 600-bed Watford General Hospital is the core location for inpatient emergency care, and for all patients who need the specialist emergency facilities (such as intensive care).
1Life’s Alex Flint, the Contract Manager for St Albans and Harpenden said: “I was proud to drop off in the region of 10,000 blue cover shoes today to Watford General Hospital. The NHS team seemed genuinely grateful and confident that this donation will make a difference in the fight against this pandemic. We are doing all we can to support the community and front-line workers during this time and this donation was just a small gesture of our support.”
Nationally, 1Life has also been supporting the charity MIND and has been donating 25% of memberships (from members who opted in to continue payments) to this wholly worthwhile charity which provides much needed advice and support for individuals and families struggling with mental health issues.
Mark Braithwaite, Managing Director of 1Life had this to say: “The support from 1Life members during this time has been incredible and we wanted to thank you. Many members have requested to continue paying their full membership despite our doors being closed and we genuinely thank you for this. We are counting down the days, hours, and minutes until we can re-open our doors but in the meantime, we will continue to do what we can to support our members and communities; whether this is by our live and online classes, donations to MIND or donations made more locally. 1Life is all about serving and supporting the communities we are lucky enough to operate within. And we will continue to do this for as long as we can. Keep smiling everyone and we look forward to seeing you back in our pools, gyms and studios when it’s safe and right to do so.”
For more information about 1Life leisure and sports centres please follow their Facebook pages for updates and announcements. For information about how 1Life’s expert team can provide your readers / listeners with help and advice relating to health and fitness during this time please do get in touch.
Should any other local organisations or indeed people have any ideas about how 1Life can further help and support we would urge them to get in touch.”