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VIDEO: Tavender Hails Launch Of Golden Memories Programme

Kris Tavender says the the Golden Memories programme has an exciting future, after the new initiative was launched at last Sunday's Bristol versus Bath derby clash.

The programme manager, who is also responsible for the Foundation's Spectrum Project, Disability Journalism and Walking Rugby programmes, hailed the input of fans and former players alike as Golden Memories kicked off in style. 

"Having the former Bristol players alongside our season card holders and members of our Walking Rugby programme to talk about their favourite rugby memories was really special and a great example of how powerful sport can be," said Tavender.

"The programme launch was such a huge success and I'm so excited to see how Golden Memories will progress in the coming years. 

"A big thank you, once again, to anyone who sent in their memories, donated old memorabilia or contributed in any other way - your participation is hugely appreciated."

Golden Memories is a collaborative programme in partnership with the Bristol Sport Foundation and Sporting Memories Foundation, targeting over 55’s living with dementia and those challenged by social isolation, depression and loneliness.

The programme includes a reminiscence session - an informal and relaxed discussion group based around shared stories and exploring a range of sporting memorabilia and sensory objects. This is followed by a time of social interaction over an old fashioned cup of tea and a biscuit and then a period of light physical activity.