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Sporting Memories helping Preston people living with dementia and loneliness

Posted on - 6th January, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Deepdale, Health, Preston News, Preston North End, What's On in Preston
Sporting Memories participants at PNE's home Deepdale Stadium
Sporting Memories participants at PNE’s home Deepdale Stadium

A programme that uses the power of sport to support older people living with dementia, depression or loneliness is starting at Deepdale.

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Sporting Memories sessions will take place weekly at the home of Preston North End from Tuesday 7 January.

The Preston North End Community and Education Trust first set up the sessions in October 2019 at Finney House.

Alistair White, an Inclusion Coach for the Trust who heads up the Sporting Memories programme, said: “Sporting Memories is all about helping people reminisce about previous memories, experiences or moments in their lives through the power of sport.

“Bringing the session to Deepdale will provide the perfect sporting environment and backdrop for participants to rediscover their own sporting memories, benefitting not only themselves, but those around them, too.”

Read more: Leyland woman crowdfunding to help people with dementia

Sporting Memories takes place from 11am to 12.30pm every Tuesday. The sessions are open to all over the age of 50, with family members, friends, carers and support workers also welcome to join.

It is free to take part and refreshments are provided.

Past activities have included a ground tour, sporting quizzes and a session of indoor curling for the recent Christmas party.

For more information about the Sporting Memories programme, email alistair.white@pne.com or call 01772 693309.

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Have you been to a Sporting Memories session? Are you planning to join one? Let us know in the comments.

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