Physical Activity Experiences in Thalidomide Survivors Research


At Loughborough University we are currently researching the physical activity experiences of beneficiaries. Whether you are a regular exerciser or someone who does very little exercise at all, we are very interested in what you have to say.

We need you to take part.

What is the research about?

Despite the benefits of physical activity for age-related health issues, most thalidomide survivors find it very difficult to get enough exercise. We would like to know why it is so difficult and what you think could be done to make it easier. If you are a regular exerciser, we want to know what motivates you and how you manage to overcome the many barriers that exist.

Why is it important?

We believe that by listening to your personal stories and views we can better understand how to increase physical activity in the beneficiary community. This will improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

What do I have to do to take part?

Share your physical activity experiences in a focus group or one-to-one interview.

We will be holding 5-6 focus groups at locations across the UK – exact details to be confirmed, but likely to be in the following locations: Glasgow, North West England, Bristol/Cardiff, Belfast, North East England, South East England.

Meetings will last 2 hours and will include lunch.

We will also be conducting one-to-one interviews.

Individuals can bring a supporter / PA with them and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Participation is voluntary, anonymous and you can withdraw at any time.

Please remember, we are interested in everybody’s experiences, not just people who exercise regularly.

I am interested – what next?

If you are interested in taking part or just want to find out more, please get in touch with Annabelle Blackham at The Thalidomide Trust by email using the button ‘I’d like to take part’, or by calling on 01480 474074.

You will need to give consent to being put in touch with the research team, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have and send further details.

Who is involved?

The researchers from Loughborough University are:
Han Newman
Dr Anthony Papthomas

You will also be supported by Annabelle Blackham from the Trust.

Find out more

Contact the Trust if you have any questions