First team representatives from Spennymoor Town recently visited HC-One’s Lothian House Care Home, a local home in the heart of Spennymoor, to present a signed shirt to resident and former Spennymoor Town player, Peter Joyce.
Defender James Curtis and Midfielder Jamie Chandler were on hand to enjoy a tour of the facilities, whilst spending time speaking with residents and looking at pictures of Peter during his playing days. The visit culminated with the presentation of a signed home shirt on behalf of the club.
Jamie Chandler said: “We visited Lothian House recently for their 25th anniversary celebrations. It was then that we heard about Peter and his connection with the club. As a community-centric club we wanted to do something special for Peter, so we’re delighted to have met with him and given a token of our appreciation.”
After having trials for the England national football team in the 1960s, Peter represented the club in the 70s and early 80s, finally retiring from football in the 80s. Peter became a Resident at Lothian House in 2012.
A 47-bed care home offering residential dementia care, Lothian House is part of the HC-One group, who are the UK’s third largest care home provider for older people.
Jill Carr, Lothian House Care Home Manager, said: “It’s fabulous when two beacons of the community come together like this. We’d like to thank James and Jamie for taking time to meet our Residents and particularly spending time with Peter who we know will have appreciated it very much. We’ll be getting the shirt framed to go on his wall.”
Glen Mason, HC-One Regional Managing Director, said: “I’d like to extend my appreciation to our friends at Spennymoor Town FC for their wonderful gesture. We’re delighted to have been able to arrange this for Peter; it’s another way for us to provide the kindest care.”
Adam Brown, Director of PR and Media at Spennymoor Town FC, said: “As Jill has rightly pointed out, the club enjoys a place at the heart of the community in Spennymoor. It’s important that we set an example and do what we can to add value.
“This is something we’ve always had a focus on through charity support and collaboration with other sporting teams in the area, so we were happy to help Lothian House celebrate their anniversary and continue to forge these links with other local figureheads.”