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Horsham woman who lost the use of her legs over night loses five stone

Fifty-year-old Jane Burse, from Horsham, is celebrating losing five stone, and getting her life back after a hard battle with MS.



Jane decided to join WW (Weight-Watchers) in January of this year and has gone on to change her relationship with food for good.

The WW programme builds on the highly successful and effective SmartPoints® system, making it the most flexible and liveable programme ever. It encourages you to enjoy food with freedom, find what moves you physically, and gives you the skills to shift your mindset so you can focus on what really matters on your weight loss journey – taking care of yourself and living your life the way you want to.

Jane recalls the moment she decided that she would change her lifestyle. She says,

“I’ve always been a yo-yo dieter, but have never had the drive or will-power to really get to where I want to be, I’ve just never been in the right head space. But in 2011 my life changed and overnight I lost the use of my legs; this was the start of a life-changing moment, which lead to me being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. My life went into a downward spiral and as I continued to battle with my weight and activity levels, I became very depressed.”

Following from diagnosis, Jane was prescribed large amount of medication over the years, and says that this, combined with her acquiring a mobility scooter was the perfect mix for weight gain:

“I used my medication as an excuse, and as my mobility was bad, I found it hard to motivate myself to exercise. This was compounded even further when I got my mobility scooter – it gave me my independence back and enabled me to get back out into the community but did nothing for my weight!”

Jane’s weight continued to go up, until the end of 2017 when she say’s she had a ‘light-bulb moment’ about what she was doing with her life.

“I seriously thought about it and had a word with myself and following a holiday to Iceland for my fiftieth birthday where I struggled to put my seatbelt on, I really started to realise what I was doing to myself.”

Jane joined the WW Broadfield Studio in January and at the workshop, she learnt new healthy eating habits whilst still enjoying her food. Jane says,

“I knew it was now or never. The WW programme really works and I’ve been able to keep my motivation going – now I’m in the right frame of mind it’s so much easier. The WW programme means I’m able to eat real food without feeling guilty, and I love tracking on the WW app and using the barcode scanner.”

WW isn’t just about a number on a scale, and as well as losing five stone, Jane says that the greatest benefit of losing weight is being able to manage her MS;

“My MS has settled and my activity has actually increased. I can walk between 5000 and 10,000 steps a day and I’ve also started yoga which helps with my wellness and mental health. As for my scooter? It’s now been dismantled and stays in the garden shed – I don’t need it now and I’m confident I won’t need it again any time soon.”

Throughout her journey, Jane has been supported by her Wellness Coach Sharon Ashborn, who says

“I am incredibly proud of Jane. It’s been lovely to watch her grow in confidence and get her life back. As she continues to attend my workshops, I will keep supporting and encouraging her to continue with the fantastic work she’s done so far to ensure she will stay on track and take control of her goals for good.”

When asked what advice she would give to anybody else wanting to improve their health and wellbeing, Jane said,

“It’s not just about numbers, it’s about changing your life to be happy!”

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Crawley teacher launches new alternative to traditional teaching for 2-7 year-olds

Launched in Horsham at the beginning of July, Reading Rabbits! is a new interactive way for teaching young children.



Ava Labelle wanted to create something that would make learning fun and inclusive for children with all abilities and learning styles. Having been a teacher in Crawley for three years she decided to go it alone with her own phonics learning centre, turning a dream into a reality.

Founder Ava Labelle.

Reading Rabbits delivers interactive phonics classes in what they describe as “a fun, messy learning environment to help shape confident learners.”

Ava says:

“I believe that the enjoyment of learning  should be at the core of every lesson, particularly for the youngest learners.

We offer classes for ages 2-7 and have a unique SEN class with plenty of multi-sensory learning opportunities. Whether parents are looking for the best possible transition into school, consolidation of sounds to support their child’s reading or wanting to get ahead- Reading Rabbits can help them on their journey.”

“There are many tuition centres in the local area, but there are not any that focus purely on the younger years, and the learning styles needed for young children to succeed. Reading Rabbits hopes to fill this gap in the market to provide a fun alternative to traditional tuition.”

“For our preschool classes, children have the opportunity to be fully immersed in play based activities, which focus on the letter sound for that session. Parents are fully involved in the 45 minute classes to share the special moments of phonics learning together and can support their child with that letter sound at home.”

The centre had its first open day in Horsham last weekend which was a huge success.

You can find out more at their website:

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