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By Kathryn Townsley

Fans across the Country unite to raise awareness of Dementia

We have been contacted by one of a group of 7 football fans from different teams across the UK who have got together to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. The cold hard fact is this disease has now taken over as the biggest killer in the UK.

The group are on a mission to raise funds for this charity, and are walking from London to Warwick during Dementia Action Week in May - to support them please click here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wallyswalk

In addition, they are looking to football fans to help by talking about Dementia and Alzheimer's over a pie and a pint and by assisting in their campaign to start a collection of ‘football memories’ by donating items such as personal photos, programmes, scarves etc. The idea being to preserve these memories forever in line with the Alzheimer’s Society ‘Forget me not’ symbol and for the collection to go ‘on tour’ and any club interested could hold the collection somewhere suitable for them.

At present, there is no actual timeframe for the tour as it may take months to get a worthy collection together.

If you have anything you'd like to donate, then please feel free to drop off at the Airco Arena for our attention and we'll get the items to this group - you may even see them on tour, alongside other memories from other teams in the not too distant future

This is what the group have managed to collect so far:-

Millwall – signed shirt and memory items tbc,
Northampton Town - signed shirt and memory items tbc,
Charlton Athletic - signed shirt and memory items tbc,
Bolton Wanderers- signed shirt
Arsenal – memory items tbc
Crystal Palace – book of Malcom Alison era with rare photos
West Ham – memory items tbc
Southampton – old programme
Man City – signed programme
Colchester Utd – historical programme from CUFC v Leeds Utd 1971 – FA Cup Giant killing
Middlesbrough – several programmes they were about to archive
Bristol City – memory items tbc
Morecambe - memory items tbc
Exeter City- memory items tbc
Notts County - signed shirt and memory items tbc
Wigan- memory items tbc
Birmingham City – old scarf
Sunderland – sending the ‘Black Catalogue’ edited by Ken Gambles
AFC Wimbledon – signed shirt, FA Cup Final programmes, other historical programmes, framed photo of Plough Lane at home match 23/03/19
Brentford – old programme
Burton Albion – 2 historical programmes v Man City home and away semi final
Forest Green Rovers – 2 signed shirts, one adult, one junior
Carlisle - memory items tbc
plus more to come.

We're pleased to have donated for Hull City - Deano - From Gipsyville to the Premiership book to this cause.

Updated 22:18 - 17 Apr 2019 by Melvyn Utley

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