Mariners show support for fight against dementia

Mariners show support for fight against dementia

South Shields FC showed their support to the fight against dementia at Saturday’s game against Witton Albion at Mariners Park.

The Mariners’ players wore warm-up T-shirts highlighting the denim for dementia campaign, which encouraged people to wear denim for the day and contribute to the Alzheimer’s Society.

A bucket collection held for the charity at the ground also saw supporters raise a total of £214.24.

The club is also set to sell the T-shirts worn on Saturday, with the proceeds to go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Dementia is one of the biggest health challenges we face today.

One person develops the disease every three minutes in the UK, with about 850,000 people living with it currently.

That’s a figure which is projected to rise to 1.6million by 2040, with Alzheimer’s disease the most common type of dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society is a charity which pledges to be there for those affected by dementia and the denim for dementia campaign will help to raise vital funds and awareness for the charity.

South Shields captain Jon Shaw said: “As a group of players and a club we were delighted to support such a worthy cause.

“Wearing a T-shirt in the warm-up may have seemed like a small gesture but we hope it helped the campaign and brought vital awareness to the charity, which does such brilliant work with people affected by dementia.

“Dementia touches so many lives and the figures show that the number of people who suffer from it will rise in the decades ahead.

“Alzheimer’s Society will be there every step of the way with those people and also help to advance research as the drive to progress towards a world without dementia is made.

“We wish everyone involved with the campaign every success and hope our contribution goes some way to assisting this.”

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia, but delaying the onset of dementia by five years would half the number of deaths from the condition, saving 30,000 lives a year, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The charity is committed to spending at least £150million over the next decade on dementia research to improve care for people today and find a cure for tomorrow.

That includes £50million to develop the UK’s first dedicated Dementia Research Institute.

For more information on the charity, visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

The South Shields FC warm-up shirts are available to buy now at £10 each.

To get yours, call the club on 0191 454 7800, visit Mariners Park between 12pm and 5pm or email info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

Pictures by Chris Whalen and Kev Wilson.