ELDERLY Widnes Vikings fans helped celebrate the one year anniversary of a community café held at the Select Security Stadium.
The Community Integrated Care Chemics Café has been meeting once a month since May 2016 – helping those living with dementia to get out and socialise.
Elderly residents from Halton View Care Home, on Sadler Street, have attended every event since it began.
The most recent was the one-year celebration of the support and opportunities for elderly residents to socialise, have fun and reminisce.
Amanda Kelly is the home manager at Halton View Care Home, which caters for residents with dementia.
She said: “Events like the Chemics Café are hugely important to our residents. They provide opportunities to get out of the care home, socialise with others and reminisce about old times.
“This level of social interaction is comforting for those living with dementia. The Chemics Café is also supported by the Widnes Vikings, a team many of our residents have been fans of for years.
“It was great to celebrate the one year anniversary of the café and we look forward to many more years to come.”
One of those residents who attended the event is 85-year-old Frank Moss, a lifelong supporter of the Vikings.
Frank took his treasured Vikings shirt along to the café anniversary. He’s had the shirt since 1989, when he was a season ticket holder and the team beat Australian team the Canberra Raiders to win the World Club Challenge at Old Trafford, Manchester.
He said: “I once took part in a sponsored walk from Widnes to Salford to raise money for the Vikings’ new ground. Although I never did get a free season ticket for my efforts.”
The Chemics Café was started in May 2016 by Community Integrated Care, which was founded in Widnes in 1988 and supports thousands of people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health concerns and dementia.
The charity, which is one of the UK’s largest and most successful health and social care charities, entered into a long-term partnership with the Widnes Vikings to promote health, happiness and wellbeing for the people supported and employed by the charity.