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Keynsham & Saltford Dementia Action Alliance – Support from Walking Footballers

The Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) have recently benefitted financially from the efforts of a group of men and women keen to get fit or maintain their fitness.

It is not the first time that Keynsham Town Walking Football Team have supported the work of the DAA with a large cash donation gathered through their fundraising activity.

The amazing amount of £655 was achieved through their sporting activity at a match organised to celebrate jointly the 60th birthday of Geoff Beazer one of their club and at the same time to honour the death of Geoff’s father who had been living with dementia. Each player paid to play and Clive Palmer another club member was responsible for a very well organised raffle.

Martin Coles from the club told us “As a club we are grateful for our health that allows us to play our sport but so many people nowadays have their lives touched by a relative or friend living with dementia. This fundraiser came out of such a situation and we are pleased to support the efforts of the DAA.”

The money raised was presented at the match to Merrial and Mike Knight who are respectively the secretary and treasurer of the DAA. Such financial support enables the DAA to make their twice monthly ‘Music for the Mind’ sessions sustainable and at the same time also enables them to provide literature to help in their wider efforts within the town.

Chairman of the DAA Alan Hale told us “We are extremely grateful to Keynsham Town Walking Football Club for their support yet again. Our aim is to make Keynsham and Saltford more dementia friendly and dementia inclusive and we are grateful when the community think of us and lend support.”

Background on the Walking Football Club is available at https://www.walkingfootball.com

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