Ladies invited to a ‘Walking Lunch’ in Stokesley

Amanda McGough

Businesswomen from around Stokesley are being invited to the town’s first fitness networking lunch.

Health and well-being consultant, Amanda McGough, has organised the new ‘Walking Lunches’ in partnership with Kate Bye from North Yorkshire Physiotherapy, both based at the Terry Dicken Business Park in Stokesley. The walking lunches will take place on regular Fridays throughout the year and the first one takes place on Friday 6th May.

The aim of the free events is to give working women a chance to take a break from the office, get some exercise and then enjoy lunch at a local pub or restaurant whilst sharing advice and ideas, discussing potential opportunities and collaborations and finding out more about local resources.

Amanda, from Great Ayton, recently received the backing of her local MP, Rishi Sunak, as he officially opened her new business premises at the Terry Dicken Business Park in Stokesley (4th April)

Amanda McGough and Associates, which has a team of three, provides specialist health and wellbeing training for individuals, private businesses and public sector organisations and focusses on areas such as wellbeing and performance at work and health issues relating to stress, anxiety and sleep problems.

Amanda, who set up her business in 2013, has over 30 years’ experience working for the NHS in various roles both as a clinician and senior manager in NHS Trusts, Primary Care and Public Health.

Speaking about the Walking Lunches, Amanda said: “It is so hard to get out of the office and take a break but it can make all the difference to health, well-being and productivity. We have such a vibrant business community in Stokesley and the ideal surroundings to enjoy a lunchtime walk so I am trying to encourage more people to stop what they’re doing just for an hour or so and get some fresh air. What’s more you can meet like-minded businesswomen and widen your professional and personal networks as well.”

Before launching her business, Amanda was the specialist nurse for chronic fatigue syndrome/ME at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and has trained extensively throughout her career with organisations such as St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, City University London and the University of York. Amanda holds membership of the Royal College of Nursing and is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Speaking at the launch of Amanda’s business premises, Rishi Sunak said: “I am pleased to support Amanda as she launches her exciting new business in a growing sector of the health economy. We are all more conscious of managing our health to cope with the demands of our busy lives so I am sure Amanda’s business has a great chance of success.”

The first Walking Lunch takes place on Friday May 6th and starts at 1145 at Office 17, 2 Roseberry Court, Terry Dicken Business Park, Stokesley. The walk will cover around four miles with a break at a local pub/restaurant optional (payable on the day).

To register visit or for further information contact Amanda on 01642 712315 or 07825 726670.