A MAN has credited The Grange centre in Midhurst with helping him lose nearly three stone.
Robert Fumagall, 49, has been taking part in the Activity for Health programme which includes wellbeing sessions and personal training to improve general health and fitness.
Robert is now down to 16 stone from just under 19 stone when he first started, and his aim is to get down to 13 or 14 stone.
“I’m a school bus driver, so you’re sitting down all the time,” he said.
“The wellbeing sessions have been fantastic, they’ve really helped change my mind-set on what to eat and what not to eat and then obviously with the exercise, I was assigned a trainer who put me through training but at my own pace. I was quite wary at first, but it’s been really good.
“Everything’s changed – my confidence, my lifestyle. All the junk food’s gone and my fitness has really improved. I used to struggle to get up the stairs without huffing and puffing and now I’m running.
“The staff are really friendly and the building feels very open and airy. Going to the Grange is completely new for me – if you’d told me four or five months ago I’d be going to the gym, I wouldn’t have believed you.”
The Grange car park has now been completed and the site formally transferred back to Chichester District Council, and arrangements regarding the sale of the area of land adjoining the car park are progressing.
The library, which moved to the new Grange building, has also seen a significant increase in the number of users and items borrowed and next year the building’s role as a community hub will be further enhanced when the police launch a presence there.
“It’s good to know the Grange is making such a difference to people in Midhurst and the surrounding area,” said Councillor Eileen Lintill, cabinet member for wellbeing and community services.
“The Grange offers a diverse mix of opportunities for residents, from free wi-fi in the café for business people and residents, to fitness classes, wellbeing programmes and a place for community groups to meet. I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength and hope as many residents as possible take advantage of this fantastic facility.”