Tottenham legend Mabbutt helps residents with Sporting Memories
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Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt helped to deliver a Sporting Memories workshop for elderly people with dementia in Haringey.
Club ambassador Mabbutt visited Percy House, the home of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, as part of the programme, run in partnership with The Sporting Memories Foundation - a national charity which helps tackle dementia, depression and loneliness.
It uses sport-themed activities and games to help people living with dementia recall memories and connect with their past.
And Mabbutt joined participants as they looked through memorabilia from the archives, including the FA Cup, which Spurs won in 1991 under his captaincy, matchday programmes from the 1980s and 1990s, old gate books, newspaper articles and original football cartons.
Staff from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation also facilitated a series of football-themed games which were designed to help the elderly people try to recall past memories of watching or playing football.
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In addition to Sporting Memories workshops, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation supports older people in the club's local community by delivering seated exercise sessions in care homes and walking football for people aged 50 and over.
Mabbutt said: "My parents were both diagnosed with dementia. The club does so much work with youngsters, but people are getting older and it's our responsibility to help them too.
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"I know from my personal experience how important it is to keep the brains alert of those living with dementia. Sport is so important to so many people and can trigger all sorts of memories. It can bring the generations together too."
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