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Gallery: John Wark, Kieron Dyer and Russell Osman dig out their boots to boost West Suffolk Hospital’s Forget-Me-Not Dementia appeal

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 May 2014

Ipswich Town Legends, in blue, played in a charity game with Forget-Me-Not FC to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital's dementia campaign and the Ipswich Town Academy.

Ipswich Town Legends, in blue, played in a charity game with Forget-Me-Not FC to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital's dementia campaign and the Ipswich Town Academy.

A campaign to help enhance facilities for dementia patients at West Suffolk Hospital is expected to have broken the £10,000 barrier thanks to a charity football match featuring Ipswich Town legends.

Yesterday, about 600 people turned out at Bury Town’s Ram Meadow ground in Bury St Edmunds for the special event in aid of the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign - run in conjunction with the East Anglian Daily Times - and the Ipswich Town Academy.

Now in its 12th week, the dementia campaign aims to raise £25,000 to pay for a memory walk inside West Suffolk Hospital in Bury, kitting out a specialist day room and more.

The match saw a fans’ team - Forget-Me-Not FC - take on an Ipswich Town legends side which included the likes of Alan Lee, Kieron Dyer, John Wark, Shane Supple and Russell Osman. The final score was 9-0 to the legends.

Dave Gooderham, fundraising manager at West Suffolk Hospital Charity, said hopefully the event will have pushed the dementia campaign over the £10,000 mark.

Mr Gooderham, who played for Forget-Me-Not FC, said he was “absolutely delighted” with how the day had gone.

“Obviously the weather has helped. It’s been a really good atmosphere both on and off the pitch.

“I would like to thank everyone who’s come out to support both the Forget-Me-Not campaign and the Ipswich Town Academy. All the money is split 50/50.”

Alan Lee, from Hartest, said: “For us [the legends] it’s all a big plus. It’s a fantastic cause with the charity and supporting the academy and for us lads it’s doing something good, but it’s also getting to meet up with our old friends and colleagues.”

Mark Young, 52, from Bury, said the event was a great chance to see players from Bobby Robson’s era, such as Russell Osman and John Wark.

Following the game an auction of signed legends’ shirts took place and there was also a chance to win a new Ipswich Town FC home shirt and away shirt signed by Mick McCarthy’s squad.

A cake stall at the event raised £290 for the Lewy Body Society, which funds research into Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB), and proceeds from the licensed bar and hot food are going to Bury Town.

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