Silver Foxes Memories
(Including Forget Me Not FC)
Since it's creation, Uxbridge Amblers has achieved a national reputation for not only being one of the most successful Walking Football Clubs in the country, but also for it's charity work carried out within the community.
This work has introduced the club to many disability groups, of which dementia has become a growing area of concern.
Mick Geraghty, Mick Harvey, and John Handell took advice and received training from Hillingdon Council and the Alzheimer's Society.
This has enabled the club to deliver reminiscence sessions for various dementia groups.
After two very successful meetings with the Hillingdon Alzheimer's Group, Uxbridge Amblers launched 'Silver Foxes Memories'.
The purpose of the group is to deliver and facilitate memory group sessions at various centres throughout the borough.
The sessions are delivered by the club on a voluntary basis, please do contact us should you wish to become a volunteer.
Hillingdon Community Gold Award
The Silver Fox Memory Group are pleased and proud to receive a Gold Award from London Borough of Hillingdon's Community Awards celebrating unsung heroes in Hillingdon.
The Gold Award was for the Helping Vulnerable People Award category.
Well done to all involved.
The letter here from Cllr Ian Edwards, Leader of the Council.
MAYOR OF HILLINGDON VISITS FORGET ME NOT FC
Uxbridge Amblers were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Hillingdon to the Forget Me Not FC session at Rectory Park, home of the Middlesex FA, where we also celebrated Forget Me Not FCs Fourth Anniversary.
The Amblers were presented with the Middlesex FA Club of the Month award for November 2022.
We were also able to present a cheque for £500 to the Mayor, for her nominated charities, raised by Jim Prior's 10k run.
Click on the images left and below to enlarge.
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY MATCH
HAYES & YEADING UNITED v TIVERTON TOWN
Saturday 26th March 2022
On Saturday 26th March 2022, Hayes & Yeading FC hosted our first Dementia friendly matchday experience for 20 members of our Forget Me Not FC Dementia Football group.
To once again experience everything a matchday brings for someone living with Dementia and their carers brings real joy and creates new memories and the day at Hayes & Yeading, football in the community delivered all of that and more.
The concept of one Dementia friendly matchday experience per season at any club is the next step for our Forget Me Not FC project and we are exploring with the Middlesex FA how we can reach more clubs for next season.
A big THANK YOU to all the team at Hayes & Yeading United who helped to make this such a special day.
FA GRASSROOTS PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2020
Friday 24th September 2021
The 2020 winner was the Forget Me Not FC project run by Mick Harvey (who was recently a recipient of the FA 50-year Long Service Award in a secret ceremony) and his team at Uxbridge Amblers Walking Football Club. The project used the power of football to provide a release and an opportunity to meet for those with dementia and for those who care for them.
Click the link below to view Forget Me Not FC in action.
Top: John and Sue Handell (left), Deborah Coker and Brian Rowan (right) collecting the award.
Bottom (Left to Right): Brian Rowan, Deborah Coker, Sue Handell, John Handell.
HILLINGDON BOROUGH OLDER PEOPLE'S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Tuesday 28th November 2017 - Civic Centre, Uxbridge
HARLINGTON HOSPICE GOLF & SEATED FOOTBALL SESSION
Monday 5th February 2018 - Harlington Hospice
DEMENTIA FRIENDS INFORMATION SESSION
Monday 21st January 2019 - Loftus Road
Delivered to the QPR Trust and Box office teams
The session was part of our Dementia Friends Community project
This makes QPR one off the first pro clubs to become a Dementia friendly organisation
ROYAL ALBERT HALL MUSICIANS
Saturday 17th March 2019 - Civic Centre, Uxbridge
Concert performed by the Royal Albert Hall musicians for the
Hillingdon dementia and older peoples groups, which we helped to organise
WILLIAM COKER (25 August 1955 - 20 July 2021)
During the final years of Billy's life, organisations like Uxbridge Amblers Walking Football Club became a vital part of his social, physical, emotional and mental well-being. It gave Debra somewhere that she could take Billy to participate in games, socialise, reminisce and have a support group for those in a similar situation.
We cannot thank them enough for what they did and keep doing for our community. Please read the tribute below from Mick Geraghty and the Silver Foxes, and we would like any donations to go to them. Thank you.
"I was very touched by what you told me about the effect the Uxbridge Amblers and our Forget Me Not FC project had on your dad and mum.
Forget Me Not FC was born out of our community work with Dementia Friends of Hillingdon and to say "football is for all" would be an understatement when we see people connecting with each other through socialising, exercising and reminiscing about football and lots of other things.
I know how much Billy enjoyed the seated exercise classes and the Forget Me Not FC sessions at Rectory Park, where he stood up, stepped up and put a great penalty away - a memorable moment.
John Handell, Mick Harvey, Ken Wood and I are truly humbled that you want donations at Billy's funeral to come to the Forget Me Not FC project.
We currently are funded by the FA, Hillingdon Council and the Uxbridge Amblers until next spring. We are proud to be England's first dementia football club and intend to continue the project for the foreseeable future, and any donations are greatly appreciated."
Any monetary donations will be collected afterwards at Charville Community Centre. Cheques can be made out to Uxbridge Amblers Walking Football Club.
Monies can be transferred by BACS to:
Uxbridge Amblers Walking Football Club
Account No: 46362117
Sort Code: 09-01-29
Love and best wishes.
FORGET ME NOT FC
We are very proud that the Middlesex FA have chosen us as their partner to adopt and develop our Forget Me Not FC Dementia Football project across Middlesex. Brent and Barnet will be two centres to adopt our project.
Who would of thought 9 years ago that our logo would sit alongside those of the Middlesex FA and the FA, promoting Football for a very special group of people, those living with Dementia and their Carers.
Always remember that there is more to the person than Dementia.