How 1950s Al­bion could help de­men­tia suf­fer­ers

Burton Mail - - News - By BEN WAL­DRON ben­jamin.wal­dron@reach­plc.com @BenWal­dron96

BUR­TON Al­bion fans are be­ing in­vited to take a jour­ney back in time as a mem­ory lane club is launched to help sup­port­ers suf­fer­ing with de­men­tia.

It is hoped that those suf­fer­ing with the dis­ease may see their mem­ory ig­nited by a plethora of mem­o­ries and pieces of mem­o­ra­bilia that demon­strate the in­cred­i­ble jour­ney the foot­ball club has been on over the years in the English foot­ball leagues.

En­ti­tled the “1950 Club”, af­ter the year the foot­ball club was es­tab­lished, a series of events will be held be­tween now and Christ­mas where life­long Brew­ers’ sup­port­ers can bring along their own pro­grammes, pho­to­graphs, team sheets, kits and more.

Each even­ing will be cou­pled up with guest speak­ers re­liv­ing their as­so­ci­a­tion with the club.

The pro­ject is a joint ven­ture be­tween Bur­ton Al­bion and the foot­ball club’s char­ity arm, the Bur­ton Al­bion Com­mu­nity Trust.

Those suf­fer­ing with de­men­tia are be­ing in­vited along as it is be­lieved that “sport­ing rem­i­nis­cence is fun, stim­u­lat­ing, evokes mag­i­cal mem­o­ries and sparks con­ver­sa­tion and de­bate”, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers of the club.

The first event will take place on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, from 6pm un­til 8pm with guest speak­ers cur­rent club chair­man Ben Robin­son and for­mer Brew­ers star Aaron Web­ster.

Aaron is one of Bur­ton Al­bion’s most capped play­ers ever with more than 550 games to his name.

Mr Robin­son be­lieves the events will al­low ded­i­cated fans to share the many emo­tions they have ex­pe­ri­enced through­out their time back­ing the Brew­ers.

The chair­man said: “There have been some fan­tas­tic mem­o­ries dur­ing my time with the club. I am sure the fans have some happy and funny sto­ries from days gone by also.

“These events will be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to share some of those sto­ries and hope­fully see some mem­o­ra­bilia, too.”

Each event will be hosted at the Pirelli Sta­dium, home of Bur­ton Al­bion, in Princess Way, with free tea and cof­fee and park­ing on site.

Fol­low­ing the Oc­to­ber date, a sec­ond event will take place on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, from 10am un­til noon, be­fore the fi­nal one on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, also from 10am to noon.

All four are free to at­tend, hav­ing been backed by fund­ing from Stafford­shire county coun­cil­lors Bernard Peters and Ron Clarke.

Any­body in­ter­ested in get­ting more in­for­ma­tion can contact the “1950 Club” by call­ing 01283 246207 or by email­ing john. wid­dow­son@bur­ton­al­bionct. org.

‘MEM­ORY LANE CLUB’ CRE­ATED FOR BREW­ERS SUP­PORT­ERS

Bur­ton Al­bion chair­man Ben Robin­son will be a guest speaker at the first ‘1950 Club’ event later this month

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