Quit4Life partner with Fire Service & Council to launch Quit & Get Fit Basingstoke

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) have partnered with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Quit4Life, the local NHS stop smoking service, to offer an exciting new programme to help people in Basingstoke to give up smoking whilst achieving a healthier lifestyle.

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Hampshire smokers can sign up to the free 10 week ‘Quit and Get Fit’ course, run by the Fire Service together with Quit4Life and the local council, which will offer weekly support and medication to give up smoking followed by an innovative exercise class run by the firefighters.

Quit4Life are pleased to announce that Quit and Get Fit will be starting in Basingstoke on Wednesday 21st March, after successful schemes in Eastleigh, Havant and Rushmoor.

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The free course will run for 10 weeks and will provide support and medication to stop smoking, followed by the fire service-led exercise class suitable for all fitness levels. It’s an excellent chance to give up smoking for spring, and kick start a smoke-free future. Quit4life can also offer a vaping voucher for those who would like to stop smoking by using an e-cigarette, as well as traditional medications and NRT.

Norma Jane Beckwith, Specialist Adviser at Quit4Life who helped run previous sessions, said: “We started with a group of strangers, all quite different from one another, and ended with a group of buddies who had all been cheering each other on. We had lots of laughs with the fire crew and kit. I could not have been more proud of every individual in the group who took it upon themselves to put their health first and commit to the group. They were all fitter, healthier and smoke free!”

HFRS Station Commander in Havant, David Hodge, said: “The Fire and Rescue Service is IMG_1986 goodexcited to be able to work with Quit4Life in this new and innovative approach to helping people to quit smoking and increasing their fitness levels. We have always had a goal to make Hampshire safer; however we are now working with partners to make Hampshire healthier.”

To book your FREE place on the next 10 week course starting in Basingstoke on Wednesday 21st March at 6pm, or for help to stop smoking, contact Quit4Life on: 01252 335120.

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Feeling inspired to start your smoke-free future?

Phone: 0845 602 4663 or 01252 335120 to book your place on Quit & Get Fit, or for support to stop smoking in an individual appointment session.

e-mail: quit4life@nhs.net

www.quit4life.nhs.uk

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