Sunderland Echo 12th June 2015

Sporting memories project aims to help people living with dementia in Sunderland

A project which uses memories of sporting glories to help people fight debilitating dementia has scored a £5,000 funding boost.

Sunderland Sporting Memories Project uses people's shared love and memorabilia such as photographs, match programmes and replica shirts donated by fellow football fans to stir memories and stimulate debate in ‘reminiscence' projects which can then encourage them into exercise sessions.

"Setting up these local Sporting Memories groups will help us reach a lot of people and encourage them to get involved with conversation, activities and socialising through their love of football and sport." Coun Peter Gibson

It is part of the national ‘Sporting Memories Network' scheme, which has the ​​​​support of organisations such as the Premier League and Professional Footballers' Association and is nationally recognised by mental health groups, including the Alzheimer's Society for its work.

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