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7 Jan

Sporting Memorabilia Wanted!

On the 15th January 2016, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and Sporting Memories Network will be at Leeds city museum between 12:30pm-2:30pm collecting your old sporting memorabilia and programmes to help support the launch of our new project in conjunction with the Yorkshire cricket foundation.

Through the help of a successful ‘Leeds Innovation’ funding bid, the partnership are able to deliver a new Leeds based project to help support older people living with dementia, depression and help connect those who are lonely or socially isolated. The grant will help fund the training of staff and volunteers working for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation. The funding will then support the delivery of sessions which will engage with elderly people in the local community and connect with them through sporting memories.

Social isolation and loneliness is said to affect around 15% of elderly people. Social isolation through mental illness or bereavement is something the Sporting Memories Network strive to eradicate through community projects such as the one being delivered with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation. Reconnecting isolated individuals through their love of sport offers a great chance for people to meet fellow fans, make new friendships and enjoy stimulating, fun activities that can have a real benefit to their health

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with Sporting Memories to deliver projects throughout communities in Leeds. Both Yorkshire and England have produced some unforgettable moments over the years at Headingley and we look forward to facilitating sessions that bring memories of these events back to life, starting with the event at Leeds City Museum on the 15th January.

Will Saville, Foundation Manager

Yorkshire County Cricket Club has such a rich history and heritage. We are looking forward to developing the work with the Foundation and hearing the great stories of cricket at such an iconic ground. The response from sports fans for appeals for memorabilia to support the groups and help trigger memories have been quite overwhelming and we look forward to seeing what items are donated in Leeds.

Tony Jameson-Allen, Co-founder and director of the Sporting Memories Network

To help support our project in Leeds, please come down on 15th January between 12:30pm and 2:30pm at Leeds City Museum and drop off your old match programmes, photographs, scarfs and other sporting memorabilia which will aid the delivery of sessions in the local area.

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