We are very proud to announce that Dorit Chomer, our volunteer fitness instructor at Westminster Gym, has made it to the final of the national UKActive FLAME awards, the most highly coveted accolade of the health and fitness sector. The Awards recognise suppliers, operators, educational institutes, health practitioners and corporate organisations that have demonstrated exceptional standards across their area of work.
Dorit has been shortlisted in the ‘Spirit of FLAME’ category, which is for the unsung heroes of our industry, who go above and beyond to help get more people, more active, more often. Dorit is a true inspiration to disabled people who want to live a more active lifestyle. As well as injuring her spine in a parachute jump about 30 years ago, she has also suffered two strokes and recently had to undergo heart surgery.
She says: ‘I had pretty much given up on the idea of an active life and any life at all really – I spent my life in bed and couldn’t see a future.’
But through the InstructAbility programme, Dorit qualified as a gym instructor, and now works as a volunteer at Jubilee Hall Trust’s Westminster Gym in the Houses of Parliament, where she has received rave reviews from staff and customers. She is closely involved with the ParliAble scheme – a Workplace Equality Network which supports disabled Parliamentary staff and is championed by Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE.
When told that she was in the final, she said:
‘What an amazing organisation I’m involved in! You gave me a chance and I’ll never forget that. Just to get this far is unbelievable!’
Chief Executive of Jubilee Hall Trust, Phil Rumbelow, said:
‘We are all incredibly proud of Dorit and will be accompanying her to the awards event, the UkActive Ball of Fire, in Telford on 2nd July, and we will all have our fingers firmly crossed!’