De­men­tia and chil­dren’s char­i­ties to ben­e­fit as part of Lis­bon Lions trib­ute

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CELTIC Foot­ball Club and its of­fi­cial char­ity will launch a se­ries of projects to hon­our the legacy of the Lis­bon Lions.

A to­tal of £2 mil­lion has been raised this year through the club’s char­i­ta­ble arm, the Celtic FC Foun­da­tion, to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the Euro­pean Cup win.

One of the projects will be for de­men­tia care, an ill­ness suf­fered by Lis­bon Lion cap­tain Billy

McNeill.

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

Lis­bon Lions pa­rade Euro­pean Cup at Park­head.

De­men­tia Be­frien­ders, re­spec­tively.

Mary’s Meals will also ben­e­fit, as the char­ity plans to build 67 school feed­ing ar­eas in the de­vel­op­ing world to feed up to 80,000 chil­dren each day.

Celtic chief Peter Lawwell 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.” HOMER SIMP­SON has been blamed for re­in­forc­ing neg­a­tive gen­der stereo­types about “hap­less” dads.

For­mer min­is­ter Jo Swin­son told MPs dur­ing a de­bate on In­ter­na­tional Men’s Day that char­ac­ters like the bum­bling Simp­son had helped “un­der­mine” men’s roles as fa­thers.

The Lib­eral Demo­crat deputy leader, who is MP for East Dun­bar­ton­shire, was sup­ported by Schools Min­is­ter Nick Gibb who said that, al­though light­hearted, tele­vi­sion pro­grammes and ad­verts can “re­in­force dam­ag­ing stereo­types”.

Ms Swin­son said: “We need to go quite early in life to start look­ing at the stereo­types that are placed on boys from the ear­li­est months and years of their lives.

“We talk about things

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