Sunrise of Southbourne, on Belle Vue Road, were delighted to give resident Malcolm Stafford a dream come true with front row tickets to watch a match between his two favourite football teams.
On Saturday 3 November, Malcolm went along to Bournemouth football ground with senior carer Tracey Goodman to watch AFC Bournemouth take on Manchester United.
Although Malcolm is a lifelong fan of both teams, Tracey says that she realised that “due to a deterioration in his health he has not been to a football match in a very long time” and became determined to change that.
After Tracey spoke to a ticketing manager and explained Malcolm’s love for the club, AFC Bournemouth said they would be thrilled for him to attend the match and would provide the tickets free of charge as a gesture of goodwill. After letting Malcolm know the good news, Tracey says he “had a smile from ear to ear.”
Sunrise of Southbourne, which provides high-quality and personalised dementia care and assisted living, gives its residents the opportunity to create individual wish lists. A resident of Sunrise’s Reminiscence (Memory Care) Neighbourhood, an environment centred on comfort and security for people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss, Malcolm was delighted to see one of his wishes be granted through Tracey’s efforts.
Reflecting on the success of the day, Tracey said:
“Malcolm was over the moon to watch his two favourite teams play.
"When we made our way into the grounds, I asked Malcolm if he would like a programme and he replied that he’d take 3 copies for each of his sons!
"He was so engaged in the game and we both watched intently, enjoying apple juice and biscuits at half time.
"When the final whistle blew, the result was 2-1 to Man U and Malcolm was so happy to have enjoyed the game.”