Sporting memories to help with dementia

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IT WAS the extraordinary sporting event that brought more than two million people onto the streets of Yorkshire.

Now, a charity that uses that the power of sporting memories to help tackle loneliness, depression and dementia among older people is celebrating the anniversary of the Grand Départ by bringing hundreds of people together at Leeds Town Hall.

During the event on Sunday, July 5 the volunteer Tour Makers who helped make the event a success will record their memories of the Tour De France racing through Yorkshire, which will be archived for use in reminiscence sessions in the future.

It is being organised by Sporting Memories, a charity that has been using reminiscence activities to bring together people with a shared love of sport in Yorkshire since 2011.

Former North Yorkshire psychiatric nurse Tony Jameson-Allen, the director and co-founder of Sporting Memories, said: “We had a great team of volunteers across Yorkshire last July who helped make Le Grand Départ a dementia friendly event and experienced at first hand the excitement and community spirit at over a dozen of the fantastic Spectator Hubs along the route.”

Members of the public who witnessed the spectacle are invited to join in and share their memories and photographs at the celebration event, as images and film from last July are projected onto the walls of the Town Hall.

School children from across Leeds have also been busy interviewing their parents and grandparents, as well as recording their memories.

Their work, plus drawings looking back on the Tour in Yorkshire will be on display.

More than 700 free tickets are available for the event, which takes place between 11am and 3pm.

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