In May 2014, after 25 years, Anna was encouraged back on her bike and on the road to better health, thanks to Age UK's fit for the future programme.
Anna lost her husband five years ago, following a long illness. During the years spent caring for her husband, Anna had little time to socialise and lost touch with many of her friends. Over time Anna's own health and wellbeing suffered.
In 2013, Age UK secured £3.6 million funding form the Big Lottery Fund to develop our fit for the future programme. Anna's local Age UK, Age UK West Cumbria, was one of 11 local Age UKs we funded to run fit for the future active ageing activities.
A fit for the future social group set up in Anna's village gave her an opportunity to get cycling and walking again. She's made new friends and has been able to talk about losing her husband with others who have lost someone close to them.
In 2014/15, our fit fo the future activities reached 4,799 older people
'It's absolutely amazing to get out into the countryside on my bike. I've stopped the sleeping tablets. The anti-depressants are next.'