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Reading FC legend Gordon Neate's family join Memory Walk

When former Reading FC player and groundsman Gordon Neate was diagnosed with dementia, his family rallied round to help.

Now they plan to take part in Reading Memory Walk to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

Neate, 74, who made 106 first-team appearances for Royals before becoming a groundsman at Elm Park, was recently diagnosed with dementia and his family have responded by raising money for the care and research charity.

Six of his family - Danielle Rackley, Emma Rackley, Jeanette Rackley, Annette Neate, George Neate and Brooke Neate - will set off on a five km walk around Prospect Park in Liebenrood Road, Reading at 2pm on Sunday, September 13.

Stacey Neate said: "We decided to take part in the Memory Walk in honour of my Grandad. He's such an inspirational man and loved by everyone who meets him.

"He worked very hard doing a job he loved at Reading FC, and even now with the dementia, he still recalls such fond memories of the club and all the people there."
Stacey added any donations big or small would be greatly appreciated.

"My grandad has a kind heart and is a doting husband, father and grandfather, and we hope to help raise as much money as possible to help him, and many other families in the same position as us.

"Without help and support from the Alzheimer's Society, many families would feel lost and alone.

"They are doing great work, it is such a common illness and in one way or another well all seem to know someone who is affected by the disease."

Neate, 74, better known to his old teammates as Fred, first joined his hometown club at the age of 15, in April 1956.

He spent a total of 53 years with Reading and retired in July 2009.

The group are accepting donations on their JustGiving page.

10 September 2015



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