Wealthy health service for area

Alfie Butcher has a pick of balloons at South Holland Health Day 2016.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Alfie Butcher has a pick of balloons at South Holland Health Day 2016. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The wide variety of healthcare and medical provision was on display at South 
Holland Centre, Spalding, on Saturday.

Health professionals, care organisations and charities were brought together under one roof at the first-ever South Holland Health Day which included the first South Holland Health Awards .

Jean Pollard (left) of Fresh Footsteps, Spalding, with Anne Sharp.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Jean Pollard (left) of Fresh Footsteps, Spalding, with Anne Sharp. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Providers of foot care, acupuncture, reflexology and hospice services shared the South Holland Centre function hall with organisations such as Age UK Boston and South Holland, Shine Menhal Health Support Network Lincolnshire and Country Court Care during the six-hour event.

The event was the brainchild of Tonic Health, a one-stop, multi-disciplinary health centre, based in Westlode Street, Spalding, where services from services from physical and mental health support to dietary, nutritional and exercise provision are all available.

Michael Morris of Tonic Health said: “A South Holland Health and Well-Being Forum, a conglomeration of different healthcare services in and around the area, has been set up by South Holland District Council.

“Over the last year, I’ve been part of that and witnessed just how much goes on in the area.

Mandy Andrews of County Court Care, Spalding, with details of new, Individual Living care homes coming to the town.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Mandy Andrews of County Court Care, Spalding, with details of new, Individual Living care homes coming to the town. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“At a time when we hear so much about the NHS cutting this service and another service being withdrawn, I felt this kind of event was a good way to let people know how much is available to them.”

A number of healthcare professional and volunteers were invited to speak at the health day, including Heather Gilling who is chairman of South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance and has involvement in promoting and providing dementia support volunteers throughout the area.

Among other speakers were Jo Esdale of Essential Well-Being, Spalding, and Karen Johnson of South Holland District Council who talked helping the community through “timebanking”.

Sam Henry of Age UK at South Holland Centre, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Sam Henry of Age UK at South Holland Centre, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.