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On 19 and 26 November, representatives from the Heritage Trust, the Pars Foundation and FES Ltd visited Henderson House Care Home in Dalgety Bay as part of the Memory Box project.

Following on from the first visit of the Memory Box project team on 19 November, representatives from the Pars Foundation, Dunfermline Athletic Heritage Trust and FES Ltd again visited Henderson House Care Home in Dalgety Bay on 26 November and met up with their newfound friends. Davie, Willie, Sam, Tom, and George thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, and Davie enjoyed a wee kick-around in the lounge with former Pars goalie Ian Westwater (FES Ltd). How many goals Davie scored is not reported ……

Kelly Armstrong (Pars Foundation) showed the residents the contents of the Memory Box and shared stories and memories with them, offering a few prompts along the way. Kenny Mclachlan (Co-operative Funeralcare and Dunfermline Athletic Heritage Trustee) recounted some tales from the history of DAFC, and some of the residents donned Pars tops and scarves.

A copy of the "Golden Years" DVD was gifted to Henderson House by Co-operative Funeralcare, who provided sponsorship for its production and will provide a copy to every care home in the local district.

Thanks are due not only to those who took part in the visit, but also to Ishbel Russell of the DAFC Disability Access Group for providing the necessary dementia training to the project team, and to Stewart MacDonald, Manager of Henderson House, for facilitating the visit and providing invaluable feedback.

The Memory Box has items from the history of DAFC and the social history of West Fife, so as well as bringing happiness and enjoyment to all, the experience provides support to those living with or affected by dementia, by helping them talk about the games and the players of their past. All associated with the project find the experience rewarding and uplifting, and hope it will make a difference to the lives of those they are privileged to visit.

Henderson House is only the first of the many care homes that the Memory Box project team plan to visit, to engage with the residents, their families and friends. For more information, call 01383 745901 or email sales@theparsfoundation.org

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