Clan launches new evening exercise class

20231220 CLAN CLASS 030

Clan Cancer Support is introducing a new evening exercise class to provide fitness and wellbeing support to anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

Delivered by a specially trained exercise instructor, the class will focus on physical exercise to help cancer patients prepare for and recover from surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The class is suitable for anyone undergoing a cancer journey with each individual assessed prior to taking part and friends and family welcome to attend and stay for peer support afterwards.

The charity is offering a taster session on Wednesday, January 24 at 5.30pm with classes taking place fortnightly thereafter.

Kay Johnston, head of cancer support services at Clan, said: “Looking after your physical and mental wellbeing is key if you’re going through a cancer journey and our exercise class aims to increase overall fitness while supporting those with injuries and limitations.

“We’ve introduced this evening class to complement our late-night opening hours at Clan House in the hope of making our services more easily accessible to those who struggle to access our support during regular working hours.

“It’s our hope this class will help more local people impacted by a cancer diagnosis find ways of becoming more active in a way that feels good for them, while nurturing peer groups and friendships along the way.”

Clan’s new evening exercise class follows the success of the charity’s afternoon exercise session which has supported 201 attendances since it launched in Spring 2023.

Ally Shand (65) from Aberdeen has attended the class since it started. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2021 and says the group has helped him get back into exercise after surgery, allowing him to continue to work as a joiner.

He said: “I had a lot of muscle problems following my surgery. I visited Clan and was quickly assessed before starting the exercise class which has allowed me to find out what I can do and what I need to build on.

“I have a really physical job and post-surgery there were things I was struggling with. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my movement since I started and I’m now working with the instructor on a plan to continue my fitness journey.”

Clan’s evening exercise class coincides with the charity’s regular late night opening hours at Clan House in Aberdeen, with listening support available until 8pm every second Wednesday.

For more information about Clan’s exercise class and to register, please visit:

Sign up for our newsletter

Sign up to receive our regular newsletter where you will find a mix of news and information from across all areas.

Register Now →