Northern Echo 25th October 2014

ONE of the world's biggest rock stars has stunned a tiny dementia charity with an offer of support.

After learning about the Sporting Memories Network, which is based at Topcliffe, near Thirsk, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson phoned the charity out of the blue and recollected stories from when he was raised in Dunston, Gateshead to help boost its work.

The charity uses sporting tales to engage older people, and in particular men, suffering depression and dementia, and involve them in groups which improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

On November 6, the social enterprise will be the only non-football club to challenge Liverpool and Chelsea's foundations for the best football community scheme at the national Football Business Awards, at Stamford Bridge.

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