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SHRIMPERS TRUST SUPPORT FOR THE JEFF ASTLE FOUNDATION

16 December 2021

The Shrimpers Trust have recently implemented an initiative to support The Jeff Astle Foundation.

Jeff was a footballer who rose to fame over a 10-year period playing for West Brom from 1964 during which time he helped them win the FA Cup and was part of the 1970 England World Cup Squad.

However, Jeff sadly passed away in 2002 aged just 59, and after much campaigning by his family, in 2014 became the first British professional footballer confirmed to have died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (a progressive, degenerative brain disease found in individuals, often athletes, with a history of head injury often as a result of multiple concussions).

In Jeff's case, it was the repeated low level brain trauma believed to have been caused from the repeated heading of footballs.

Following the diagnosis, Jeff’s family set up the Jeff Astle Foundation which seeks to help former footballers who have been diagnosed with dementia. There are also now close links with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), who themselves back in October announced that they would be looking in to setting up an industry-wide dementia care fund.

Southend United Ex Players Association (SUEPA) organiser Andy Leeder said: "Sadly we have in our own work come across former Blues players who suffer from dementia, and so it is good to get behind this cause. We will be doing so by donating £1 from every sale in the increasingly popular Shrimpers Trust Retro Shirt range."

Andy added: "Supporting this initiative also dovetails neatly with another initiative we are spearheading in seeking to work with the PFA to set up a national association of former player groups.

"We firmly believe that such groups are a win-win for all concerned, and establishing a national network will, amongst many other things, help to provide support and a feed of practical information organisations like the Jeff Astle Foundation.”

There are now 11 past Shrimper tops in the Trust’s Retro Shirt Range, details of which can be accessed direct with the manufacturer HERE.

 


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