Derbyshire housing development to fund new equipment for Ripley Girls Can project aimed at getting women fit

A PROJECT aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of women in Derbyshire has been given a boost, thanks to a local housing development.

Member of hte Body Blast class, which is hosted by fitness instructor Julie Bamford (front row, centre). The class is held every Tuesday at Greenwich Community Centre, close to Deer Park.

Ginnis New Homes, the developers behind Deer Park; a collection of 30 exclusive three and four-bedroom homes in Ripley – have made a donation to the Ripley Girls Can Body Blast project, which will be used to buy equipment for the weekly classes held at the nearby Greenwich Park Community Centre.

Julie Bamford, the Ripley-based fitness instructor who runs the classes, is delighted with the donation. She said: “We’re absolutely thrilled by this very kind donation. It will be used to buy weights and circuit equipment for our classes, which are growing in popularity.”

Julie was one of the original ambassadors for the Ripley Girls Can project, which was launched by Derbyshire Sport to encourage women aged 16-plus to participate in some form of physical activity at least once a week, following the success of the national campaign ‘This Girl Can’ - funded by the National Lottery.

These ambassadors have all overcome their own personal battles and are now on their way to helping others achieve their fitness goals.

The new Greenwich Park Community Centre is located on Nottingham Road – just a five-minute walk from Ginnis New Homes’ Deer Park development.

Julie said: “Our classes are held every Tuesday evening and are different each week. They are suitable for women of all ages, fitness levels, shapes and sizes.

“We are a community of women that will support and help each other to get fit, without judgement, and have some fun and make new friends along the way.”

Darren Farnan, marketing manager of Ginnis New Homes, said: “We are thrilled to be able to make this donation to such a worthy cause. The benefits of regular physical activity are well documented and we all want to see a happy, healthier community.

“The fact that these classes are held so close to Deer Park means that our residents can get involved if they so wish. Greenwich Park is a fantastic asset to the town and we’re delighted to have it right here on our doorstep at Deer Park.”

The Deer Park development is based just off Coach Road, close to the Derbyshire Police and Fire Headquarters, and promises to offer residents the very best blend of countryside and town living.

Not only does it provide views across the Amber Valley, the development is just minutes away from Sainsbury’s supermarket in Bridle Lane and a short drive into the centre of Ripley.

Each Deer Park home mixes modern living with traditional features, including high ceilings, period-style windows, open-plan kitchens, downstairs WCs and built-in storage space.

The show home at Deer Park is open every Thursday from 4-5.30pm and Saturday from midday until 4.30pm. For further information on Deer Park’s three and four-bedroom homes, contact selling agents Boxall, Brown & Jones on 01773 880788, Home2Sell on 01773 512556 or visit


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