The Eric Liddell Centre this week launched a joint project with the Celtic FC Foundation aimed at providing respite for people with dementia patients and their carers.
Following a range of fundraising events across six wonderful days last May, honouring the 50th anniversary of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup victory, the #LionsLegacy campaign saw an incredible £2million raised – and today’s launch represents the first in a series of groundbreaking initiatives to support projects across the UK and beyond.
Titled ‘Liddell Lions Lunch Breaks’ and jointly aiding dementia care provision, this project will work with individuals living with the condition as well as their carers. ‘Liddell Lions Lunch Breaks’ operates on a simple, friendly and inclusive approach, prioritising responsive and engaging activities for both carers, and people living with early to mid-stages of dementia.
Tony Hamilton, CEO of Celtic FC Foundation, said: “It was great to see this get off the ground. The people involved at the centre are magnificent. They care passionately about their clients and we’re delighted to be able to partner with them for this initiative.”
Representatives from the Foundation, including Bertie Auld, a member of Celtic’s 1967 Lisbon Lions side, attended the first session.
John MacMillan, CEO of the Eric Liddell Centre, said:
“We are honoured to be working alongside the Celtic FC Foundation in what is a vital project in terms of improving the quality of life among people with dementia as well as their carers. The sessions here will provide a positive impact on health and wellbeing and will hopefully encourage improved social interaction among the participants.”