"We would like to nominate Jane Charlton, specialist instructor at Brimhams Active. Jane lives in Ripon, delivering classes across Ripon, Harrogate, and Knaresborough.
An instructor for Harrogate Borough Council’s Sport and Leisure service, and now Brimhams Active, for over twelve years. Jane has taught aquafit, adult weight management, exercise for Parkinson’s Disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, and the over-65’s. She leads on our exercise referral and falls prevention programmes and is also the lead for physical activity interventions for people with mental health issues.
Jane is down-to-earth, unfailingly kind, friendly, and empathetic, and always with a lovely smile on her face.
Having taken lifelong learning to heart, Jane is always undertaking CPD; studying in her own time, to improve her knowledge and skills, always with the aim to help more people, or help people more.
When Covid struck, Jane drove getting a lot of our classes online, many of which she delivered. This included setting up classes for Harrogate Council colleagues confined at home and struggling with the effects of lockdown.
Jane is a UK Athletics Run Leader and started a running group in Ripon, where she has helped so many people take-up, and enjoy running. One such lady, who came to Jane three years ago on two sticks due to osteoarthritis, ran the virtual London Marathon this year, with Jane at her side every step of the way.
Jane works mainly with people who might otherwise not take up physical activity; those with long-term health conditions, introducing them to the benefits of regular exercise, so that they are able to improve their quality of life. She welcomes, and supports them through their first classes, encouraging them to try other classes once their confidence grows. Most of these people have become full members – something they would never dreamed of doing before meeting Jane.
Jane has successfully developed new classes to meet the needs of her participants for progression routes, particularly within falls prevention.
Last year, Jane completed Swim England’s Aquatic Activity for Health course, so that she can now help those with long-term health conditions reap the significant benefits of water-based physical activity.
On her day off, Jane leads sessions for patients on Harrogate NHS’ award-winning Active Against Cancer service.
Jane is such an inspiring example to both her colleagues and participants alike, and so deserves to be recognised for making such a huge difference to so many lives."