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Rugby-loving Barnstaple care home resident scrummed up for the first home game of the season

Malcolm, a rugby-loving resident at Care South’s Fremington Manor care home in Barnstaple, Devon, was delighted to attend Barnstaple Rugby Club (BRFC) for the first home game of the 2023/2024 season to watch the Barnstaple Chiefs vs Weston.

Fremington Manor have close ties with the local community and were invited to attend the game and there was no better fit than resident, Malcolm to attend. Malcolm used to play rugby at school when he lived in Kent for a local team. His sons weren’t interested in rugby, so going to watch games was not a thing the family did but he passed his love of rugby onto his grandsons who both played before going to university. Whilst Malcolm has a passion for rugby and enjoys watching all games on the television, his main interest was the Scouts. He was part of the organisation for the duration of his life holding the position of district commander for Devon and received a 65-year membership. Malcolm stopped delivering the sessions when he was about 65 years old but continued to organise events and raise money.

Malcom, Resident at Fremington Manor, said: “What an honour it was to be invited to the BRFC to watch the rugby match. It bought back some fantastic memories from when I used to play. Thank you to the club for the invite and to all the lovely staff at Fremington Manor who helped make this trip happen.”

The BRFC hosted a reception in the hours before the first home game which took place in the President’s Lounge. Members of the Club’s Commercial Committee were on hand to welcome Malcolm and staff members from Fremington Manor. The invitation gained free access to the ground and a free drink from the bar in the President’s Lounge.

Melanie Ryan, Activities Lead at Fremington Manor, commented: “Thank you to the BRFC for inviting us along to the game. We all had a wonderful day cheering on the teams and there was a great atmosphere in the crowd. Our job is to help support and nurture residents in our care to help them keep living fulfilled lives. It was wonderful taking Malcolm to see a rugby game after not having been to watch one in a while.”

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