Lions Legacy project to aid de­men­tia suf­fer­ers

Evening Times - - NEWS - By STACEY MULLEN

CELTIC Foot­ball Club and its of­fi­cial char­ity will launch a se­ries of projects to hon­our the legacy of the Lis­bon Lions who won the 1967 European Cup – and one will be fo­cused on de­men­tia.

The club’s char­i­ta­ble arm, the Celtic FC Foun­da­tion raised an in­cred­i­ble £2mil­lion this year and now the money will be poured into the Lions Legacy projects.

One of the projects will be for de­men­tia care, which is an ill­ness suf­fered by Lis­bon Lion cap­tain Billy McNeill. The Evening Times also pre­vi­ously re­ported on Hoops hero Jim Bro­gan who is suf­fer­ing from the ill­ness.

His fam­ily pre­vi­ously told us that they were con­vinced the con­di­tion was linked to play­ing foot­ball.

Celtic’s de­men­tia care project will fo­cus pri­mar­ily on pro­vid­ing ther­a­peu­tic re­lief for pa­tients as well as of­fer­ing respite for car­ers.

The club will part­ner with Alzheimer Scot­land for two ma­jor ini­tia­tives. This will in­clude a rem­i­nis­cence project as well as a two-year ini­tia­tive pro­vid­ing reg­u­lar con­tact for those liv­ing with de­men­tia, en­ti­tled Lions Lunch Breaks and De­men­tia Be­frien­ders re­spec­tively.

In Glas­gow, the project are also team­ing up with the new Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice to im­prove facilities and al­low fam­i­lies to en­joy a peace­ful, com­fort­able space.

An­other project is 67 kitchens which will be de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with Mary’s Meals. It will see the char­ity build 67 sus­tain­able school feed­ing ar­eas in parts of the de­vel­op­ing world, with an em­pha­sis on Malawi and it is hoped up to 80,000 chil­dren will be fed ev­ery day.

The club will also ex­pand on its Abil­ity Counts project and they will build a sen­sory room in the sta­dium. Sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to the Foun­da­tion’s Learn­ing Cen­tre at Celtic Park will also be made.

Peter Lawwell, Celtic chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We wanted to do some­thing spe­cial to mark this very spe­cial year and we think what we have done is a fit­ting legacy to the Lions and all their achieve­ments.

“It also shows the im­por­tance of Celtic’s so­cial di­men­sion, some­thing which will al­ways be fun­da­men­tal to ev­ery­thing we do.

“I would like to thank our sup­port­ers and all oth­ers who as­sisted and worked with the club on this cam­paign – now the work be­gins on mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to the lives of so many peo­ple in need, through the de­liv­ery of these ex­cel­lent projects.

“Once again, I would also like to of­fer a heart­felt thank you and con­grat­u­la­tions to the Lis­bon Lions who have worked tire­lessly and have been mag­nif­i­cent am­bas­sadors for our great club for more than 50 years.”

Celtic ace Scott Sin­clair with Lis­bon Lions star John Clark help launch the new projects

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