Northern Echo 24th January 2014

A PIONEERING group which improves the mental and physical wellbeing of older people through community-based sports reminiscence projects is set to double its activities after winning charity status.

The Sporting Memories Network, a social enterprise based in Topcliffe, near Thirsk, has become a registered charity to enable it to recruit, train, manage and support more volunteers working on its schemes.

Director Tony Jameson-Allen, a former psychiatric nurse who launched the network in 2010, said charitable status would make the venture sustainable, enabling it to add to its programme of memory-sharing projects such as one with the Newcastle United Foundation, which will culminate with an exhibition at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle.