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Wed 22nd January
Oomph! Gets some Oomph
Nesta Impact Investments, a leading UK social investment fund, the Big Lottery Fund and UnLtd, the UK Foundation for social entrepreneurs, have announced major backing for York start up Oomph!

Headed by 28 year old Ben Allen, the firm  who started life operating out of York Science Park's Springboard, has developed a physiotherapy program for care home residents. Oomph! has already delivered more than 7,000 classes in over 600 care homes.

The three thousand pound NESTA investment will support a significant drive to expand the scope of their programme designed to help hundreds of thousands of older adults in care homes across the UK in the next few years.  It will also further Oomph!'s partnerships with leading care home groups and organisations, open up opportunities to bring classes and smiles to older adults in the wider community and allow Oomph! to carry out detailed research into the significant benefits to society, the care sector and the NHS that regular exercise can make.

Ben Allen, founder of Oomph! Wellness, said: "I founded Oomph! with a huge vision of how we can deliver a new approach to care: one that puts quality of life front and centre.”

Nesta Impact Investments sees in Oomph! the potential to really improve both quality of life and the physical health of older people in care homes. 

Katie Mountain, from Nesta Investment Management, who joins the board at Oomph!, says: "One of the biggest challenges for us as a society is how we provide good quality care to an increasingly ageing population against a backdrop of declining social care budgets.  We were attracted to Oomph!'s unique approach of bringing health benefits to older people through a package of fun and interactive classes. Its potential for growth makes this a really exciting investment opportunity for our fund to create real lasting impact in an area of relatively unmet need."

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