Keith Wallace (leading the walk on our front cover) “I set up ‘On Your Doorstep’ for Mansfield to encourage people to take regular exercise and provide the chance to socialise. I had a heart attack at 36 and two heart procedures for arrhythmia – I now know the benefits of regular gentle exercise. Walking helped me get fitter and establish a regular routine of exercise. My problems had led to depression, with feelings of loneliness and low self-esteem that often accompany it. Walking in a group has helped me recover and keep more positive. I thought that if it could do that for me, maybe it could work for others.
“Since we started three years ago, we have moved from one walk per fortnight to seven per week. Over 120 people come on at least one of our walks every week. “One man came as he was fed up of his daughter nagging him to get out of the house. He said he expected his first walk to kill him, but he celebrated his 90th birthday last year and invited his new friends to the party.
“A woman whose husband had died, leaving her feeling lost and alone, gradually made new friends and is now doing things that she thought she would never do again”. The walk illustrated started in Newstead village.