THE Scottish FA is delighted to confirm Alzheimer Scotland as one of our two nominated charities for 2010.

Don Cowie, the Scotland internationalist and former Ross County midfielder, helped promote the new relationship at Hampden Park today (Thursday 13 May) in the build up to his former team’s Active Nation Scottish Cup final appearance against Dundee United on Saturday.

Alzheimer Scotland representatives will be collecting donations at Hampden park this weekend and John Gold, the chairman of the Scottish FA’s Charity Committee, was also  on hand to present a cheque from the Scottish FA, for the sum of £4,000.

John Gold, Scottish FA: “We have been hugely impressed by the vital work undertaken by Alzheimer Scotland to raise awareness of dementia and the impact it can have not just on those who have the disease, but their family, friends and carers.

“Recently, we have seen the positive effects football can have on people with Alzheimer’s, through the Reminiscence Project, involving the Scottish Football Museum. The Scottish FA is committed to working with our nominated charities to raise awareness and funds necessary to provide essential care and facilities.” 

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland added: “We are extremely pleased to have been chosen as one of the Scottish FA's nominated charities for 2010.

Scotland's football community has always been very generous towards our work and we would like to thank them for all their support. The money raised by the Scottish FA for Alzheimer Scotland will go towards rolling out the Football Reminiscence Project across the country, so that many more people with dementia will be able to relive the joy and passion of the beautiful game.”
The Scottish FA will also continue its partnership with the Tartan Army Children's Charity this year.

About Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s foremost voluntary organisation working for people with dementia and their carers. It:

• speaks out for the rights and concerns of people with dementia and their carers;

• operates services on over 60 sites throughout Scotland providing practical services such as day, evening and weekend centres, home care and befriending and carers' support services;

• provides the 24 hour national freephone Dementia Helpline (0808 808 3000);

• provides the website;

• supports a network of over 40 carers' support groups;

• has a network of Dementia Advisors across Scotland;

• has a Specialist Dementia Nurse programme;

• publishes leaflets, booklets, reports and a quarterly newsletter keeping carers and professionals up-to-date;

• has a research programme.