How a Move Mate beneficiary feels about having a walking buddy

Do, one of our lovely beneficiaries here at Move the Masses, walks with her Move Mate Katherine twice a week. 

They both enjoy the walks around their local neighbourhood and Do stops and chats to her neighbours along the way. There are lots of opportunities to sit down along the route to rest and watch the world go by. 

I love it when Katherine comes to see me, she always comes along with a big smile on her face. I like to wait in my conservatory when we're due to walk, so I can see her coming and get myself ready.

The pair are huge chatters, the social opportunity for Do is as important to her as the physical act. She stresses that the walks are not just about making an improvement with her walking, she likes to stay active in general, and loves having someone to talk to.

And Katherine gets a lot of out it too. Katherine logs all their walks and gives the MTM staff an interesting insight into the feast of topics that the pair cover: 

  • A review of the new cafe at John Lewis 
  • How many conkers a home needs to ward of spiders (every corner, apparently)
  • Gino d’Acampa’s new role as presenter of Family Fortunes 
  • The scarcity of Mueller Rice (a worry) 
  • How her new microwave plate cover has transformed her life 

I really enjoy the walks. We chat non-stop and always have something different to talk about. She’s so easy to talk to, she’s just brilliant.

Katherine and Do also love the 'Picture This' app that identifies plants you photograph. They regularly take a snap of a flower to see what it’s called and have ‘become experts’ at spotting Japanese quince and baby sage!

Do’s daughter Sharon told Move the Masses how much her Mum enjoyed the walks and how she always rings her straight afterwards to tell her what has happened that day.

She used to be a keen gardener so she’s fascinated that Katherine can take photos of plants on her phone and identify them through an app, she thinks it’s just amazing.

Sharon went on to tell us that her Mum is as fit as a fiddle in the house, but doesn’t have the confidence to stride out on her own. The walks help to keep her mobile as she has to walk properly and not shuffle. Sharon and her family really appreciate their Mum having a Move Mate.

We’re so grateful for this service, we’d recommend it to anybody.