An Abbots Langley football club is raising awareness, along with hundreds of pounds, for Watford FC’s Golden Memories programme by travelling 665 miles together in one month.
Players at FC Unicorn, who are in the Premier Division of Watford Sunday League, have decided to take on the challenge for Watford FC Community Trust’s Golden Memories; a reminiscence programme aimed at those living with mild to moderate dementia.
Eleven of the club’s players, along with their kit man, are completing the collective 665 miles through either walking, running or cycling between November 8 and November 30. The number of miles represents the 665,000 English citizens suffering from dementia.
Charlie Benning, one of the club’s centre-midfielders, set up the fundraising event after seeing St Josephs Football Club in Watford doing something similar.
He said: “Golden Memories is an important charity – obviously, dementia and Alzheimer’s affect everyone we know in different ways.
“The charity is very personal to me because my granddad, Micky Benning, played for Watford between 1958 and ’61, and he was helped by Golden Memories a lot before he passed away last year.
“I’ve seen the amazing work they do first-hand, so it made sense to do this challenge not only to raise money for them, but also to raise awareness.”
Golden Memories uses a host of Watford FC memorabilia and magic moments to stimulate the senses and evoke personal memories.
Not only does the programme focus on reminiscence, but it also acts as a tool to reintroduce physical activity, whether that be chair exercises or even table football.
To donate to FC Unicorn’s fundraising page, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/charlie-benning1
To find out more about Golden Memories, visit watfordfccsetrust.com/project/golden-memories.