Thank you to our match sponsor for this afternoon's game, supporter Chris Evans, who is raising awareness and support for Dementia UK.
"Last year I lost both my Mum and Dad within six months of each other, after the sudden death of my mother on Christmas 2021, I found out that she had been hiding my father's battle with Dementia away from me.
"After looking after my father day in, day out during this time, I've seen how horrible dementia is as a disease, and no one should have to face this horrible affliction alone."I bonded with my dad over football, he was an avid Arsenal supporter and at the time I supported Manchester United, but in 2006, he took me to my first football match, local team Cheltenham Town vs Grimsby Town in the League Two play-off final at the Millenium Stadium, since then I've supported the Robins ever since. "Me and dad would go to a few games over the years, and it was always something we could enjoy together, and as such I have sponsored today's match against Port Vale in memory of him to remind me of the good times and hopefully with some help from our fans, to help Dementia UK to support those who are suffering with this horrible, debilitating affliction.
"If you can, please donate to Dementia UK at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/footballagainstdementia
"All donations will go straight to the charity, with donations closing on the 13th February 2023.
"To all those who donate, and even to those who just read this message, thank you." - Chris Evans