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Disabled gym to open in Loughmacrory

THE first all-access and fully equipped disabled gym in Tyrone is set to open its doors in Loughmacrory this weekend after a £500,000 development of the local community facility.

For the past nine months the Loughview Centre in Loughmacrory has been undergoing a major transformation and the building’s new extension is set for its big reveal this Saturday.

Boasting stunning views of the water, the newly refurbished Loughview Centre will be a unique facility as it includes a groundfloor gym with specialised equipment designed to benefit older and less abled people, as well as a first floor multi-purpose studio, and a new 1km trail walk which connects the local primary school, community centre and village to the lough.

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As part of the official opening Loughmacrory Community Development Association (LCDA) are hosting a Health and Wellness Weekend to promote better physical and mental health in the local community.

“We feel in our community that the Loughview Centre is more than just a gym, we wanted to create a health and wellness centre that can be accessed by everyone,” said Sean Curran, chairperson of the LCDA.

As part of their health initiative, the Loughmacrory Wellness Weekend will run from today (Thursday) right through to Sunday and the community will play host to a range of wellness events.

Dublin GAA star Shane Carthy will be in Loughmacrory on Thursday to host a mental health awareness chat.

On Friday evening, Eugene O’Goan will be providing a drug and alcohol awareness talk, and Conor McCafferty from Zest will also be there to talk about alcohol abuse, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

There is a jam-packed schedule of events planned for Saturday including water awareness training with the RNLI, kids CPR training, hearing checks as well as basic training from the Termon Responders in bleeding and choking, the recovery position and CPR.

Check out the Loughmacrory Facebook page for a full schedule of the events over the weekend.

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