Today was our second session and first session in association with Edgware & Stanmore and Northwick Park. It was a lovely warm day and we had quite a few members attend.

Lisa welcomed everyone including our Rotarians from both clubs. Mollie, Helen, June, Lucile and Ritu all from Rotary Club Northwick Park and from Rotary Club Edgware & Stanmore - Danielle, Dr Nandini, Fran, Selwyn and Mrinal Choudhury.

Richard taking yoga which was enjoyed by all
Richard taking yoga which was enjoyed by all

It was also a real pleasure to see one of our regular volunteers Theresa and also one of the Trustees Dr Angela Parker who attended with her friend Melissa.

Lisa started with a quiz and informed members that she would provide the answers at the end. Lisa then read out 3 jokes which members really enjoyed and then Lisa introduced Dr Angela who gave a talk to members about shingles. This was however introduced in the form of a quiz and members were given picture cards and beach stones to try and guess what Dr Angela was going to talk about. After some thought one of the members guessed it was ‘shingles’.

The following is a note from Dr Angela Parker about Shingles

“Shingles, lovely on the roof as tiles, on the beach as beautiful soft pebbles but really not very nice on the skin as an illness with blistering spots and long term pain caused by nerve damage. Dr Parker introduced this diagnosis, and discussed the immunisation which provides some protection against shingles. The jab Zostavax is available free to restricted age groups under the NHS. The news of a new vaccine which is thought to give better protection to a wider range of ages is very welcome and we all look forward to it being evaluated quickly by the Public Health departments and hopefully being made freely available to older people.”

The following links take you to patients UK Shingles info sheet;

Members were very grateful for this information from Dr Angela.

Richard then arrived and members were ready for their yoga which was really enjoyed by all. The session then followed with Ronnie who entertained everyone with his lovely music and everyone was up and dancing. Lisa also had some games around the room which some members enjoyed especially ball catching and Putting golf.

It was a very successful enjoyable session and thank you to all our volunteers for their help during the session.