Doreen’s sporting memories are a winner in national competition

A SHEFFIELD care home residents’ memories of sorting success have taken second place in a national competition to raise awareness of the importance of reminiscence therapy.

Throughout the summer, care homes across the UK were invited to take part in the #GladtoCare competition, all about residents’ favourite memories.

The competition, which was run by Person Centred Software with support from InteractiveMe and Sporting Memories, aimed to raise awareness of the importance of reminiscence therapy for people living with dementia.

And staff and residents at Castelayn Residential Care Home in Gleadless – part of the chain of ten Sheffcare homes across Sheffield – were delighted to hear that they had taken second place.

The home’s competition entry was based around the memories of resident Doreen Broughton, who recalled being a 14-year-old girl sprinter for the team in her home county of Essex.


She explained how she competed in the 100 yard spring and the relay and how, in July 1946, she competed on the famous Eton College playing fields, taking first place in the 100 yard sprint.

Doreen’s story was one of almost 60 entries from all over the country, all sharing residents’ favourite memories of families, travelling and holidays, wedding, memorable events and special birthdays.

A panel of judges included Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum, David Brindle, the Guardian’s public services editor, Sam Dondi-Smith, founder of interactiveMe and Tony Jameson-Allen, co-founder and director of The Sporting Memories Foundation.

“We were thrilled to have done so well in the competition, especially as entries came in from all over the country,” said Castelayn manager Jacqui Blaver.

“Sharing memories is such an important part of the care we give to our residents living with dementia and it was wonderful to see the way that Doreen responded, recalling an event that had been so important to her all those decades ago.

“I think we were also quite surprised to discover that we had such a skilled athlete living with us!”

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