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 Football fan rediscovers passion for the beautiful game at Bakewell care home

Football fan rediscovers passion for the beautiful game at Bakewell care home

By 18th October, 2022 Press Releases No Comments

A FOOTBALL fan has rekindled his passion for the sport after moving to a Bakewell care home.

Glyn Harhat, 59, has been a lifelong supporter of Sheffield Wednesday and used to attend matches during his younger days.

When he moved to Burton Closes Hall Care Home, on Haddon Road, last month, he hadn’t been able to attend a match in years.

After senior care assistants and sisters Lily and Rheanne Smith learned he loved watching the beautiful game, they offered to take him to a local match.

Rheanne’s 11-year-old son, Callum, plays for Bakewell Bisons Under 12s FC and was due to have a game at the Rutland Recreation Ground – less than five minutes from the care home.

The next day, Glyn, Rheanne and Lily were sat on the side lines cheering the youngsters to a 3-2 victory.

Glyn, who has autism, could be heard cheering “go on Bakewell” during the game and got several photos with the team after the final whistle.

He said: “It was good being out in the cold watching a football match, just like normal.

“I used to play football at a young age and would always be in goal.”

Rheanne said: “It was wonderful to see Glyn really shine. He was laughing and joking, and the smile never left his face.

“He was even telling us about the game and the different bits we missed. We are now on count down to the next match. Go on Bakewell!”

Claire Allen, home manager at Burton Closes Hall Care Home, said: “Moving to a care home shouldn’t mean a resident can’t still follow their passions and interests.

“Quite the opposite – in many cases, the added support enables many to pick up and pursue their hobbies once again.

“In Glyn’s case, he loved going to football matches, and Rheanne and Lily went above and beyond to take him along to watch the local under-12s team at the park.

“He came back to the care home with a huge smile on his face and is thoroughly excited about the next match. All our fingers are crossed for another win for the Bakewell Bisons.”


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