12 August 2020

As one of nine charities across Scotland that have secured funding from ScottishPower Foundation, which champions benevolent work in local communities across the country, Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland is delighted to announce the receipt of an award of £29,000.

ScottishPower Foundation has made available a total of £1.2 million and applying to the Foundation for funding is highly competitive each year.

The funding will support the programme 'Sporting Memories Plus', continuing to engage older people to increase physical activity and prolong independent living.

Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland will provide each participant with a tailored plan in booklet form that details the physical activity that would be beneficial for them to integrate into their daily living, helping them to work towards agreed goals.

Chris Wilkins, Sporting Memories Co-Founder, says: "Gentle physical activity and games are included in our Sporting Memories sessions, to complement the enhanced cognitive resilience and mental well-being we seek to achieve through sporting reminiscence, fun sessions and companionship.

"Sporting Memories Plus will allow our Club members and the wider community to further incorporate physical activity into their daily living. Since the suspension of all our Clubs due to COVID-19, we have promoted physical activity at home through weekly suggestions for activities at home, through our Sporting Pink publication that we have made available to everyone, and our Sporting Memories Weekly magazine programme.

"So it is wonderful to receive this funding now – when more older people than ever before may be socially isolated or unable to leave their homes. Rolling out this fantastic new programme will allow us to engage even more older people and in a way that is tailored especially for them."

Melanie Hill, Executive Officer and Trustee at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “At the ScottishPower Foundation, we’re passionate about supporting causes that really make a difference for communities, committed to fighting climate change, and dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential for a brighter future. The charities we’re funding this year do all of that – and more – carrying out exceptional work, often in challenging circumstances, as they strive to make lives better.

“We recognise that now, more than ever, people are relying on charities and their services and we’re very proud to support these efforts in such a meaningful way. We’ll continue to work closely with our charity partners to help maximise the impact of our ScottishPower Foundation funding to achieve the best possible outcomes for people and communities across the UK.”

Supported by ScottishPower Foundation