16 August 2021

Professor Claire Surr and Professor Alistair Burns are announced as our newest Patrons, as we mark our 10th year.

Professor Alistair Burns is National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health at NHS England and NHS Improvement. He is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Manchester and an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Burns was a key speaker at our 2019 Conference ‘Fit for the Future’, where he discussed the power of emotional memory to unlock the limitations of dementia.

Claire Surr is Professor of Dementia Studies and Director of the Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University, which has an interest in physical activity and sport-related research. Leeds Beckett University and Sporting Memories have a long-standing relationship, and Professor Surr and other researchers at the University have been involved in a number of research projects supporting Sporting Memories to evaluate our work.

Claire Surr

As Patrons, Claire and Alistair join Sporting Memories in our tenth year. Sporting Memories Patrons help to raise awareness of the work of Sporting Memories and contribute experience in their field – be that sport, social care or public health.

Professor Alistair Burns said: “I’ve known about Sporting Memories for some time. As a vehicle to bring people together and to bring out memories for people to enjoy, along with camaraderie, Sporting Memories is incredibly powerful. Moving forward post-Covid, post-diagnostic support is such a key area. Many people are interested in the role of charities and Sporting Memories a supreme example.”

Professor Claire Surr said: “When I moved to Leeds Beckett University, Sporting Memories was one of the first organisations we set up a relationship with. I was delighted when Sporting Memories approached me about becoming a Patron. We have lots of potential benefits we can both offer each other in terms of the sustainability of Sporting Memories and the evidence base around it.”

Chris Wilkins, Sporting Memories Co-Founder, said: “We are proud to welcome Professor Burns and Professor Surr as Patrons, and delighted that they join us as we mark our 10th year. Both have provided support, encouragement and inspiration to Sporting Memories during our 10 years and we look forward very much to a future working with them.”


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