Sports programmes and memorabilia wanted for Sheffield project

Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray with some donated sports programmes
Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray with some donated sports programmes
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Sports fans are being urged to join Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray in donating old sports programmes and memorabilia for a Sheffield project.

Starting in the autumn five city will be running weekly ‘sporting memories’ groups in a bid to bring people together through a common interest in sport.

Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray with some donated sports programmes

Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray with some donated sports programmes

It is hoped the groups will help people with dementia by triggering memories through looking back at old programmes and memorabilia.

The sessions are being run in partnership with the Sporting Memories Network - a charity which supports those affected by loneliness, depression and dementia.

Sports fans are being asked to dig out any unwanted programmes, sports annuals, shirts, scarves or any memorabilia no matter what its age or condition.

More recent programmes are welcome too.

The BBC’s Match of the Day commentator, Guy Mowbray, has donated some items.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “These groups are being set up to help people living with dementia and memory loss.

“We know that seeing a reminder or talking about a past event can spark a forgotten memory and that’s exactly the point.

“ We would be most grateful for all donations – no matter how big or small they are, or which sport or era they relate to.

“The groups are also being set up to support older people who might be feeling a bit isolated to encourage them to get out and talk to other people.”

To donate items or to find out more about the project visit the Sheffield Central Library on Friday, September 18 between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.