SUPER League champions Wigan Warriors have teamed up with local NHS mental health services to encourage fans and the community to ‘Tackle Your Memory’ - and they’re giving away four tickets to watch Wigan v Bradford to boot!
The new campaign is designed to highlight the availability of support for people who may be concerned that they or someone they know may have a memory problem.
The Department of Health estimates that there about 670,000 people living with dementia in the UK. That figure is expected to double in the next 30 years.
Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin said: “We’re really lucky in Wigan to have a great local Memory Service that can see people who might have memory problems very quickly and offer them lots of support to help them to live a full and active life.
“We believe it’s really important that our fans, their friends and families know what signs to look out for and ask for help if they need it as soon as possible.”
Wigan Memory Service, which is based at Claire House on Phoenix Way and run by 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will be attending the match to offer advice to fans and to signpost free local NHS services.
Dr Suzanne Kennedy of the 5 Boroughs said: “Not every memory problem is linked with dementia. Some can be linked to stress, anxiety or depression, physical illness or even the side-effects of medication.
“What memory problems all have in common is that it’s important to speak to your GP and to ask about your local memory service so that you have more choice and support to keep as healthy and independent as possible.”
For your chance to win a family ticket (two adults two children) to Wigan Warriors home game at the DW Stadium against Bradford Bulls on Easter Monday (April 21) visit @WigToday on twitter ...