GRAHAM TALKS UP GROWING UP DIFFICULTIES
Blackburn Rovers hat-trick hero Danny Graham was put through his paces in learning about how it feels to get older yesterday.
The evergreen 33-year-old tried on an age simulation suit to try to raise awareness about difficulties older people face on a daily basis.
Vicky Shepherd and Elaine Jennings of Age UK helped him with the equipment which included specialist goggles to affect his sight and restraints on his wrists and legs and it was an experience the ex-Sunderland and Swansea man was delighted to try out.
Danny Graham said, “It felt really strange and restricted my movements and the way I was walking”.
“The whole thing just makes you think about older people especially at this time of year and how they must find it hard looking after themselves.”
“With the cold weather coming we should be looking after our elders I know my nanna is 83 and every time I get a chance to go up and see her and help her out.”
Graham tried to sprint and found it a difficult experience.
He said, “It was hard to see with the goggles on and should make us think about not putting weight on and that affects you in later life.”
“Elaine Jennings of Age UK Blackburn with Darwen also said that as a local independent charity“, they are delighted to be one of Blackburn Rover’s nominated charities for the 2018 season and to have Danny Graham as one “of their nominated players“.
Speaking further, she revealed that they wanted to show Danny in the age simulation suit and to record his reaction to show how much reduced mobility from health problems impacts on older people, all year round but most specifically during winter and to raise awareness of their local services for those aged 50 and above.