Jo Barnes, Marketing and Fundraising Officer and Senior Instructor

Hello, I’m Jo –  a Bude girl, born and bred! After qualifying as a Languages teacher, I taught at Shebbear College for many years and  also led Aerobic classes in the village.  After retiring from teaching in 2009 I moved to Bude and was delighted to discover that I could help with Exercising for Mobility. Even though I go to the gym two or three times a week, I find that our Chair-Based Fitness sessions are an invaluable addition to my fitness regime and overall well-being. It is so uplifting to move to music and forget your troubles for an hour or so – and you know what? Things seem better for it!


Heather Slade, Administrator

Hello, I am the other Heather and my job, as one of now two Assistant Project Managers, is to meet and greet everyone and deal with the paperwork, monetary and administration side of our organisation.  This happens as our members enter the building to join in our amazing exercises and also to socialise with everyone connected with E4M. I have been doing this for over seven years and watched with pride how our organisation has grown and really affected and benefitted so many of our members’ lives. This I believe has happened because of the great caring team, who love to bring health and happiness into the lives of the lovely people who come week after week, who make our jobs such a pleasure! My background has always been part of the helping professions, as I was a Nurse and Midwife for 15 years, a Primary School Teacher for over 10 years and have been a Therapeutic Counsellor for the last 12 years as well as being a hands on Nanna!

Alison Castillo-Bernaus, Administrator

My name is Alison and I moved to Bude, from Oxford, in September 2017 and joined E4M in January, so still very much a new girl about town.  Along with Heather,  I provide a friendly welcome to everyone each week from the front desk and help with the administration side of E4M; registering new clients on our database, recording monies received for exercise classes, and help with the organisation of trips and events to keep the ‘E4M machine’ running smoothly. Prior to moving to Bude, for 11 years I worked as PA to the Headmaster of a Prep School so it would seem admin runs through my veins. I enjoy welcoming clients to the sessions and seeing how much they enjoy the social interaction alongside the exercises – Jo you need to work them harder as everyone enjoys themselves far too much! If I could do the admin whilst exercising that would be perfect!

Sara Zoeftig, Assistant Instructor

Hello, I’m Sara, Assistant Instructor here at Exercising for Mobility – I enjoy every session as it is always fun and the music uplifting. I originally trained as a Primary School teacher, specialising in P.E. I am happiest when outdoors exercising – I like to run (as far away from the housework as possible!) and I am a much chirpier person when I’m active and eating healthily. I truly believe that participating in group physical activity is good not only for the body but also for the soul. I find that the routines we do at E4M give the whole body a really good stretch and workout and the sessions provide a fun environment in which to exercise – turn up the music, Jo!

Wendy Brown, Assistant Instructor

Hello! I am a Cornish “maid”! Before joining E4M, I worked at Stratton Hospital for nearly 40 years as a Senior Healthcare Assistant in the Minor Injury Unit, Theatre and Wards. I have an active lifestyle – my passion is cycling, I also like to swim, take part in Line dancing and Zumba and cavort around the Adventure Parks with my grandchildren and great nieces! However, I cannot emphasise enough the benefits of our Chair-Based Fitness sessions – they improve my flexibility, muscle tone, strength, stamina, well-being and so much more. I have made so many invaluable friends and colleagues through this group.



Lec Quance, Driver

Hi I’m Lec (short for Lester) Quance and I am originally from over the border in Devon! My background is is dairy farming, so for me this is a complete change of occupation! I am fit and healthy, despite my three score years and ten, and fully believe in the benefits of keeping active and supple in later years. My job is to pick up and return home those members who have no other means of transport to our sessions. For some of them, these are the only outings they have all week and I feel I am doing a vital job in helping them to get out and about.