Memories of the Boro provide a therapeutic tonic

Memories of the Boro provide a therapeutic tonic

13 April 2017

A local charity is supporting the Therapeutic Care Team at James Cook University Hospital to help older people to recall their favourite sporting memories.

Thanks to funding from Comic Relief, The Sporting Memories Foundation has supplied the team of staff and volunteers with two more mobile tablets packed with digitised content and resources to use on the wards. Iconic images and videos of sporting greats, including many Boro legends, are now being used by the Therapeutic Care Team on older people’s wards across the hospital to help people enjoy reminiscing about playing or watching their favourite sports. 

Debi McKeown, Nursing Sister in Therapeutic Care said “We recognise that patients with Dementia have some wonderful memories and this is a way to bring them back to life. The tablets we have had donated help us to make a connection to our patients through sport, as the images they see on the tablet often trigger their memories. This creates a really positive experience for both the patients and the staff using them.”

Tony Jameson-Allen, Co-founder of The Sporting Memories Foundation said “We were delighted to be able to deliver more resources for the team to be able to use. We saw last year when our Patron Bernie Slaven visited the hospital, just how much pleasure people got from chatting about their sporting interests and how it helped people to instantly connect with staff, volunteers and fellow patients.

The Foundation, which has just been shortlisted for the Best Sports Charity Category at the 2017 Sports Business Awards, lists among its patrons lifelong Boro fan Adrian Bevington & former Boro striker Bernie Slaven.

It delivered the digital devices ahead of the Easter Monday clash when Boro take on Arsenal at the Riverside.

A pre match bucket collection for The Sporting Memories Foundation has been organised by the club. Collectors will be on hand outside the stadium as fans arrive.

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