NHS staff get free wellbeing sessions from Preston company

A Preston business has said thanks to our NHS heroes by offering 120 free wellbeing sessions to staff.

By Tim Gavell
Wednesday, 27th October 2021, 4:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th October 2021, 9:36 am

The free appointments were delivered by YOLO Wellbeing across hospital trusts in Lancashire, Manchester, and Liverpool.

Designed to help improve physical and mental stress, the YOLO Experience allows staff to take 20 minutes away from the workplace to relax and receive a therapeutic head, neck and shoulder massage in a mobile, sensory, calm space which is brought to the work premises.

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Preston-based YOLO Wellbeing has been offering free head massage sessions to NHS staff

Launched in 2019, YOLO Wellbeing was shut down for most of the pandemic, founder Cheryle Britton said: “Initially, I was devastated by the impact COVID had on my business but seeing what NHS staff and other frontline workers were dealing with I quickly realised how lucky I was and that I wanted to do something to help.

“It has been really rewarding to be able to give something back to staff at the NHS, they have done a fantastic job. The YOLO Experience is designed to help boost morale while offering some relief from physical and mental stress so it’s great to hear the staff say they’ve benefited from their experience.”

She said anxiety, stress, and depression were the most common, consistently reported reasons for absence, followed by musculoskeletal injury.

In feedback, NHS staff said the experience improved their mood and boosted energy levels; 76 per cent claimed that it helped reduce their stress levels.

Cheryle Britton of YOLO Wellbeing

Jane Mullin, deputy director of Workforce and Innovation at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said: “YOLO Wellbeing was just what the staff a needed.

"The 20-minute sessions were perfect for staff and by the end of the day we had a waiting list so could have repeated the day.”

all over again.”

YOLO Wellbeing, founded in 2019, will continue to support NHS Staff, donating a free appointment for each full day booked by clients. The firm hopes to deliver over 250 appointments in 2022.