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Call For Donations To Sporting Memories Treasure Trove

A TREASURE trove of sporting memories is being assembled for dementia residents at a Middlesbrough care home.

The Gables, on Highfield Road, is calling on local residents to donate or share any memories of the city’s sporting past.

They are looking for photos, videos, old programmes, posters, ticket stubs, medals or trophies, equipment and signatures from famous sportsmen and women – and anything else associated with Middlesbrough’s sporting past.

It is hoped the collection will benefit The Gables’ dementia residents, who have responded positively to an event run by the Sporting Memories Network.

Liz Jones, Customer Relations Officer at Hill Care, which operates The Gables, said: “Local sporting reminiscence events have been taking place at Middlesbrough Football Club.

“The residents of The Gables have really enjoyed hearing and talking about the football games, tournaments and players of their past. It has been a benefit to their wellbeing and we’ve seen a marked improvement in their spirits as well.

“So now, we want to expand on the good work and create a treasure trove of sporting memories at The Gables, so the residents can relive some of the happiest moments of their lives as often as they like.

“We’re not only interested in football, but all sports, from cricket to darts, snooker to tennis, motor racing to athletics. We want as many memories as we can get!”

Anyone interested in donating to the sporting memories collection, or speaking to the residents about their sporting memories, is asked visit The Gables care home on Highfield Road. Alternatively, call 01642 513 345 for further details.

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