Walk this way – Nicki’s story!

Feb 21, 2020 | News


Walk this way – Nicki’s story!

Feb 21, 2020 | News

Here, Nicki share’s her story about why she’s taking on the challenge…

Name: Nicki Grimison
Age: 45
Height: 5ft 9 inches
Weight: Can’t bring myself to share yet 😊
Children: 3 – Aged 19, 17 and 12
Job Role: HR & Implementations Manager, Valley Leisure Ltd

I have worked for Valley Leisure for 12 ½ years and seen many changes in that time. I am very proud to be a part of the team that is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the community that I was born in. In particular the results that our I Can users are receiving from regular use of the Centre are undeniably assisting with their everyday lives, which I want to ensure that we at Valley Leisure, continue to improve and enhance the experience and service we offer. Raising money for I Can will be good use of my spare time and reward me mentally and physically in this challenge set before us.

I used to be a lover of sport and exercise, playing in the Netball League well into my 30’s and enjoying the gym and exercise classes. As with most people, life takes a turn, my husband and I separated and with a full-time job and a young family to raise, exercise was the first thing to be put on the back burner.

I dabbled in trying to get fit again, “usually every New Year”, this would last for a couple of months and again fall by the wayside, inevitably my weight also started to creep up and up.

Three years ago I was determined to get back in shape and was attending the Gym 4 times a week and reaping the rewards from that, looking and feeling better about myself and losing weight, then one evening I slipped on some water on my kitchen floor and tore my hamstring. This put a halt to all my progress, and I fell back into old ways.

Late last year, I was feeling really low about myself and was talking to Ann Jones (I Can Therapy Centre Manager) who has been one of my closest friends for nearly 30 years, she said “why don’t I do this challenge too”, to help me give myself a goal.

I immediately said “yes”, then the panic set in……. this was not going to be easy, I was probably the most unfit person on the team, I smoked around 10-15 cigarettes a day and I was definitely the heaviest by a long shot, (how on earth was I going to get up three mountains???).

I’m not ready to share how much I weigh as the number sickens me, but maybe as my confidence grows and I start to see the results I can share with you all, and if that inspires one person to be more active, then it will be worth it.

I have to take this seriously and set myself goals over the next 7 months in order to succeed in this incredible challenge that will benefit the Charity and the users of the I Can Therapy Centre, that I have worked for, for so long and reward myself by getting me, back on track, living a healthier and better lifestyle.


  • Stop Smoking
  • Lose 3 stone
  • Gym training 2-3 times per week
  • Long walk 4-8 miles once per week
  • Group Walk, once per month 8-10 miles, increasing over the next few months