CUSC London Branch produced a t-shirt to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carlisle United’s iconic 3-2 win over AS Roma in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The inspiration for the shirt design came from a quote made by Tot Winstanley, the scorer of the winning goal, in Jon Colman’s book, Bolts from the Blues – ‘Aye, they got a little bit tetchy when Stan Bowles started keeping the ball up on the half-way line.’
In respect to Stan, who has lived with dementia for a number of years, it was decided that £2 from each shirt sold would be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
At United’s first home game against Crawley, Jane Jardine – the designer of the shirt and Simon Clarkson – Carlisle’s SLO (Supporters’ Liaison Officer) and London Branch member presented a cheque for £660 to Judith Reay, a Dementia Support Worker, from Alzheimer’s Society in Carlisle.
Judith said: “Following another difficult year for people with dementia, we are in awe of supporters like Carlisle United Supporters’ Club London Branch whose brilliant fundraising efforts enable us to reach more people through our vital support services.
“As a Dementia Support Worker, I provide advice, information and emotional support to anyone with any form of dementia, as well as their friends and family.
“We also have a Carlisle Singing for the Brain group which brings people affected by dementia together to meet in a fun, friendly and supportive environment.
“Uniting people affected by dementia through song, it helps to reduce social isolation, improve quality of life, wellbeing and mood.”
David Brown, chairman of the London Branch, commented: “Alzheimer’s Society do a great job in providing support for everyone affected by dementia, campaigning on their behalf and funding research into the condition.
“We have been delighted to make a small contribution to their efforts and we would encourage all fans to support them.
“I understand that the number of people living with dementia in the UK would fill Brunton Park 50 times over, so it affects a huge number of football fans.”
About Alzheimer’s Society
Alzheimer’s Society is a vital source of support and a powerful force for change for everyone affected by dementia. We provide help and hope.
Dementia devastates lives. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 900,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia.
By 2025, 1 million people will be living with the condition in the UK, and many millions more carers, partners, families and friends are affected.
This year Alzheimer’s Society was selected by the Football Association to be their official charity partner.
Click HERE to find out more about Alzheimer’s UK.
Follow them on Twitter at @alzheimerssoc
About the Carlisle United Supporters’ Club London Branch
With members throughout the world, the London Branch deliver information, tickets, travel, social events and fundraising for the club we love.
Find out more about CUSC London Branch HERE.
Follow them on Twitter at @cusclbontour