Bournemouth’s Ramsdale named Care South ambassador

10th January 2020

Care South celebrated the sixth season of its partnership with AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust by welcoming new Care South ambassador and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to the charity’s Wickmeads care home.

Aaron joined residents and staff at Wickmeads, in Tuckton, for an afternoon of activities, fun and socialising.

The celebration marked the next chapter in the partnership between Care South and the Community Sports Trust, which runs regular sessions at the leading care provider and charity’s Dorset care homes. Through the partnership, regular activities and events are organised by the Trust, helping residents of all abilities to stay active, and provide an opportunity to socialise and share cherished footballing memories.

‘Great fun’

During the afternoon of games at Wickmeads, residents kept 21-year-old Aaron on his toes, while there were prizes given out and he signed memorabilia, including photos for new home manager, Tracey Walker. Tracey said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Aaron to Wickmeads, and the residents really appreciated his time.

“I’d particularly like to thank Aaron for spending so much time with Cherries fan Desmond, who was keen to discuss the club’s recent form.”

Aaron added: “It was great fun to come out and play a few games with the residents. We were all having a bit of a laugh and a joke. Desmond, he’s a good player. He’s 96 and he’s given stats even I didn’t know.”

Speaking during Aaron’s visit to Wickmeads, Care South’s Chief Executive, Simon Bird, said: “We’re now entering our sixth year of our partnership with AFC Bournemouth and the club’s community sports programme. Care South is delighted with this project which bridges the generation gap and provides meaningful and stimulating activities and engagement to our residents.

“This is Aaron’s first visit as our ambassador and it is nice to see how popular he is with residents and staff already.”