Staff from East Riding Leisure become Cancer Champions

Members of staff from East Riding Leisure Centres become Cancer Champions ahead of a new swim session pilot for people affected by cancer.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has introduced a two month swim session pilot aimed solely at people who are living with and beyond cancer. The private swim sessions are part of the council’s one year cancer awareness campaign and will take place at Francis Scaife, South Holderness and Withernsea Leisure Centres from May until July.

In support of the campaign, Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance has provided Cancer Champion training to staff from the three leisure centres ahead of the pilot sessions.  The Cancer Champion programme is designed to equip and empower individuals with the knowledge needed to raise awareness about cancer in their community. The free half day training is available to anyone and teaches key messages about prevention, screening and early diagnosis.  Cancer Champions are also encouraged to promote healthy lifestyle choices to others and to signpost people to access local services and visit their GP promptly with any concerns where appropriate.

Sam Taylor from Francis Scaife Leisure Centre attended the training and said, “A lot of people are affected by cancer and by becoming a Cancer Champion I now feel confident to share helpful information and advice with others as well as knowing more signs and symptoms of cancer.”

Timetable of swim sessions:

East Riding Leisure Francis Scaife Tuesdays from 1-2pm

East Riding Leisure South Holderness Thursdays from 3.15-4.15pm

East Riding Leisure Withernsea Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-3pm

To find out more about Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Champion Programme or to sign up for Cancer Champion training, email

To find out more information about cancer awareness, visit

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