Portway Lifestyle Centre opens in Oldbury

The Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury which helps people with and without disabilities will be opened officially this morning.

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'No more chair' for man walking after nine years

A wheelchair-user of nine years has spoken about his determination to walk again.

Before Shaun Stretton began using the facilities at The Parkway Lifestyle Centre - which opens today - he had not walked for nine years.

Shaun's trainer, Scott Parish, said:

"When he first started, he could literally walk 5 metres, and that was a struggle, wasn't it bud? When we first started to assess you..."

Shaun replied:

"Yeah, yeah, I used to be in a chair. When I was, they said 'Shaun, walking again...?' and I said 'no more chair, I just want to walk again'!"

Centre helps man walk for first time in nine years!

Shaun Stretton had not walked for nine years before he started using facilities at The Portway Lifestyle Centre, in Oldbury, which opens officially today.

Scott Parish, one of the centre's trainers, has been speaking about Shaun's remarkable progress:

"He's done really well, he's walked, I think, now around about 110 metres! And before it was with a frame, but now he's walking pretty much by himself."

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£18million lifestyle centre opens in Oldbury today

An £18 million centre which helps people with and without disabilities will be opened officially this morning.

The Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury Credit: ITV News Central

The Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury has already had some success. Shaun Stretton has walked for the first time in nine years as a result of using the facilities

Shaun Stretton (right) has walked for the first time in nine years Credit: ITV News Central
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