Hatchet Men pitch in to give Alfie new lease of life

Ben Madigan Home administrator Karen Fleming with Alfie Spurling. INNT 43-601con
Ben Madigan Home administrator Karen Fleming with Alfie Spurling. INNT 43-601con

CRUSADERS FC recently scored a wonder-strike with one Newtownabbey care home resident.

Alfie Spurling (65), a life-long, supporter of Crusaders - known as the Hatchet Men - regularly attended their games at Seaview until he had to move to Ben Madigan care home in Newtownabbey.

As part of the home’s commitment to enabling residents to lead an active and fulfilling life it approached Crusaders to provide Alfie with a ticket for an upcoming match.

The following day the club’s secretary Joe Moore arrived at the home and offered Alfie a complimentary season ticket allowing him to attend all the team’s home games with a carer.

The home’s manager Mandy Mitchell said: “We wanted to encourage Alfie to retain his social independence and to maintain a high quality of life.

“This has been so positive for Alfie and has helped him to regain his confidence and independence.

“It is important that we provide not only high quality care, but also enable and support our residents to maintain lifestyles as similar as possible to those enjoyed at home, with an extensive range of activities which individuals can enjoy and benefit from.

“We would like to thank Joe and Crusaders for their very kind and generous offer of the season ticket.

“It is a real pleasure to see Alfie set off for the games, full of excitement and confidence.

“We would also like to extend thanks to Cliftonville Football Club who invited another of our residents to a home game, which he attended recently and thoroughly enjoyed.”

Ben Madigan is a purpose built care home providing a friendly and supportive environment for older people requiring nursing or dementia care.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of older people, Ben Madigan has 64 single en-suite bedrooms arranged over two floors, specialising in nursing and specialist dementia care.