A charity event, held at the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club in Stragglethorpe, has raised over £5,500 in aid of Alzheimer’s Research.
The event was attended by 170 guests, including ex-Forest and Notts County footballers, who listened to Alan Hill recall funny and emotional stories from his career at Barnsley right through to his years working at Nottingham Forest during the glory years of Brian Clough.
Local businesses, such as Austin Moore & Partners, Sills Maclaren Britton, Simple Marketing Consultancy, Lesley Cree Opticians, Paragon Interiors and Katz Goalkeepers, also took tables and entertained guests.
Hill made over 250 appearances in the Football League for Barnsley, Rotherham United and Forest between 1960 and 1970. His career ended in 1970 when he broke his arm playing for Forest. Alan remained at the club and worked under Clough and later Frank Clark.
The event was held in support of John Haselden, a former professional footballer and chartered physiotherapist at Forest, who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The players who attended in recognition of their friendship with John included Clark, Darren Heyes, Gary Mills, John Galley, Les Bradd, Jimmy McCann and Graham Collier.
John’s wife Eileen had set out to raise £20,00 to help Alzheimer’s Research find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most common types of dementia, affecting almost 830,000 people in the UK
Eileen said: “When John was first diagnosed I was amazed at the stigma associated with having Alzheimers. My primary aims are to raise the profile of this terrible disease, so eventually a cure can be found and to also educate people how to interact sufferers.
“Just £10 funds 30 minutes of research, so hopefully we have gone a long way towards helping find a cure.”
Anyone wishing to make a donation to Eileen’s fundraising can do so by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/EileenHaselden