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Shakers support Dementia Awareness Week

26 May 2013

Memory Lane takes a trip to the National Football Museum

Memory Lane, Bury FC Community Trust’s programme for sufferers of early onset dementia took a trip away this week from its usual home in the Bury FC Social Club, down to the National Football Museum in Manchester in support of Dementia Awareness Week.

Dementia  Awareness Week runs from the 19th -25th May and is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society with the aim of raising awareness around dementia and to get people talking about the issue, with the message that ‘worrying changes nothing, talking changes everything . Dementia is an increasing problem across the UK, with almost one million sufferers. It is estimated that around 25 million people are affected through having a close family member or friend with dementia.

To help celebrate Dementia Awareness Week, Bury FC Community Trust worked with the National Football Museum (NFM) to take a number of the project regulars down to the re-opened museum in Manchester.

As well as getting a full tour around the museum, the Memory Lane participants were also treated to a special session with the Museum’s Head of Learning, Peter Evans looking at some of the museum’s objects including shin pads from the 1880’s and footballs from the 1920’s.  Some of the tour highlights including viewing images from when Bury FC won the FA Cup, back in 1900 and 1903 and looking at the neck brace worn by Bert Trautmann when he broke his neck playing in the FA Cup for Manchester City in 1956.

The trip was particularly poignant for one of the participants Tom Garner who used to play professional football for Accrington Stanley FC.

Lucy Hodson, the Community Trust’s Health Coach said “This was a really enjoyable and beneficial day out for all the participants that regularly attend the Memory Lane programme at Bury FC.  Reflecting and talking about periods in history and reliving football memories from days gone by has been shown to be really beneficial to sufferers of early onset dementia.  We hope that both the participants and their carers benefited from visiting the National Football Museum.

Find out more about Dementia Awareness Week by visiting the website of the Alzheimer’s Society at  To learn more about Memory Lane at Bury FC, visit the Community Trust’s website,

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