A WIRRAL gym is launching a £1m fundraising campaign for state-of-the-art facilities to help post cancer care patients.

Underground Training Station in Hoylake is establishing a foundation that it says will give structured support, exercise and nutritional programmes to help with recovery and enhance the lifestyles of these people.

It also aims to help people with mental health issues - including prescribed exercise programmes and nutritional advice - disadvantaged and disaffected young people, ensuring they are given the opportunity to grow and develop and excel in their chosen sports.

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Artist's impression of the state-of-the-art facility

Sports clubs from across the region will also be able to access the state of the art facilities, together with local schools.

The fund-raising campaign will be officially launched at Thornton Hall Hotel on Friday, August 12.

The new foundation, based at the gym in Newhall Lane, will be run by the UTS team of directors, including Dr Colin Robertson, head of the Athletic Development Centre and Research Coordinator for the School of Sport and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bolton.

He said: "This is a five-year vision and the purpose of this project is to provide accessible and free structured coaching, health and well-being sessions to these vulnerable groups.

"The UTS Foundation will work in partnership with a range of agencies, such as the NHS, police, youth service, youth offending teams, schools, colleges and youth clubs to help and support these people.

"The UTS has excellent links with partner agencies and local clubs, which will allow us to signpost individuals to sports, activities, clubs and professional groups who can work with us to help these people to reach their goals and full potential."

Tickets for Friday's fundraising event, which include a three-course meal and auction with some never before seen exclusive items, are £45.

They are available from: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-uts-foundation-launch-party-tickets-26461926334?ref=estw

They can also be booked at UTS Reception, Newhall Lane, Hoylake. CH47 4BP, by emailing utsgymevents@gmail.com or phoning 0151 632 6409.