Staff and residents at Bowbridge Court care home in Newark have been celebrating ‘Football Shirt Friday’, a national campaign to set up by Cancer Research UK to help tackle bowel cancer with the help of former Notts Forest employee, Tom Parish.
Tom worked as a tea boy at the football club for over 35 years, a position held in high regard by the club’s players and managers. Tom would join the first team on match days, serving half time refreshments from his kitchen. Tom has many fond memories of his time with the players, recalling how they would always enjoy football banter together. He said, ‘Being a part of Notts Forest FC is like being part of an extended family. I cheered with them when they won and I was with them when they lost– and all while keeping them fed and watered with freshly brewed pot of tea and sweet treats!’.
Staff and residents created their very own ‘Bowbridge Court FC’ football shirts which they wore with pride in support of the charity which works in partnership with the Bobby Moore Fund – helping to raise money and awareness to aid the continuous research into treating bowel cancer.
To celebrate the campaign, now in its eighth year, the care team ensured that resident football fans were able to reminisce watching their favourite game in the cinema room: the 1966 world cup, which sees England take home the trophy following a 4–2 win.
91 year old Tom said, ‘I am proud to stand amongst my fellow football fans in support of the Bobby Moore Fund for bowel cancer. He was a footballing icon and I will always remember the feeling I had when he led England to victory in the 1966 world cup – I nearly lost my voice from chanting so loud!’.
Home Manager, Claire Gordon-Rundle, said, ‘Our ‘Football Shirt Friday’ was a huge success. We had a wonderful afternoon becoming our own football team and making our care ‘home’ kits! Even some of our residents that don’t usually enjoy the sport got involved, learning about the players and the history. I think we could have some more Notts Forest supporters for their next games! I am extremely grateful to all of our residents’ families, friends and local businesses who also donated very generously – thank you, from everyone at Bowbridge Court’.
Bowbridge Court, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is proud to be rated as 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission. Bowbridge Court care home boasts a hair salon, cinema room and spacious lounges overlooking landscaped sensory gardens. All 54 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible. For more information about Bowbridge Court, contact Claire on 01636 605 528 or visithttp://www.idealcarehomes.co.uk