12th October 2018

Four Football Legends Visit Oulton Manor

Leeds United legends Peter Lorimer, Eddie Gray, Frank Gray and Jimmy Lumsden joined residents at Oulton Manor for homemade afternoon tea on 10 October.

The event was one of a series of local Dementia Cafes for people living with dementia and their families and friends, hosted at different venues each time, organised by Peter Smith of Dementia Friendly Rothwell and supported by The Leeds United Foundation.

“The afternoon was an excellent contribution by the Foundation for the residents,” commented Peter Smith. “One resident, as she was looking at some old newspapers, pointed to one player and said "he was my heart throb, I loved him". I pointed out that he was stood behind her, at which point she said "he didn't have wrinkles or grey hair then". Even a legend can be lost for words!

“What the afternoon showed was that irrespective of hobbies or interests, sometimes the simplest things can create the memories and conversations, and more importantly the smile on someone's face.”

Oulton Manor lifestyle coordinator Peter Bunting added: "The legends are well known and the conversation flowed as people talked about their memories. We were very pleased to be able to host the cafe, and we'd like to say a very special thank you to the legends for joining us and to Peter Smith for his help in organising the event.

“As an ex-Leeds United Foundation employee, I’m delighted to be able to work in partnership with the Foundation in my new role at Oulton Manor. I believe having links to the community like this is of great benefit to our residents."

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