On Thursday April 18th Longcliffe Golf Club is hosting a Sporting Forum night in aid of highlighting Dementia in sport.
The evening was devised by John Pearman who was heavily involved in teams including Thorpe Acre in the 1960's and 70's and the formation of the Charnwood league in 1966. John has learnt that two of his former players, Brain Jackson and Frank Blackshaw, are now tragically suffering with Dementia and want to highlight the issue and show support.
Tickets for the evening are priced at just £20 per person and include a Buffet on the evening.
The evening will be hosted by Radio presenter Graham Mack and will feature a range of speakers.
John said, "The night should be a great evening as we have former Premier League Referee Peter Jones, Alan Green, BBC Radio 5-Live football commentator, Dawn Astle, daughter of the former West Bromwich Albion centre forward Jeff Astle and a leading campaigner in Dementia and Alzheimer’s in football following the death of her father over 17-years ago. We also have Jeff Sewell, the first local referee from our time to make it to the old First Division"
The evening will comprise of an auction of sporting memorabilia, a raffle and introductions from all the guests. Afterwards a Question & Answer session will be held so you can interact with the guest.
John added, "We’d like to see former teammates of Frank and Brian turning out to support the event, we’d like to see anybody interested in celebrating the wonderful times of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s coming along – it could be something of a reunion even? Plus, the new wave of local football enthusiasts who can tell us what it’s like today. Although the intention is to celebrate what was a wonderful era it’s also to explain what is out there for those who are now in a similar position to my former players. We hope to have representatives from dementia groups, such as MindforYou and Friends of Dementia in attendance to answer any questions and explain how they function and how they can help".
To book your tickets for the evening please contact John via email firstname.lastname@example.org