25th June 2024

Barbara Godwin, who lives with dementia in Chippenham, remains determined to keep her passion for football alive. 

As Euro 2024 kicks off, she will be watching with bated breath in the hope that this is England's year. Barbara, an active member of Alzheimer's Support's community groups in the town, is also a dedicated supporter of Chippenham Town FC, where she has taken on many voluntary roles over the years.

Neil Blackmore, Chippenham Town FC chairman, said: "Barbara is an avid CTFC fan and follows the team both home and away. She is passionate in her support of the team and you can hear her oohs and aahs during matches when the players do or don't get things right on the pitch. The odd expletive has also been heard but we won't dwell on that!

"A respected member of the club's support staff, Barbara is happy to help out in other ways, collecting match day team sheets for sale in the club shop or helping Tony with grounds maintenance if needed. 

"It's to her credit that she doesn't let her dementia get in the way of her duties. She is a valued member of the club's match day staff and we are fortunate to have her in the side!"

Pam Ollis, community service coordinator for North Wiltshire said: "Barbara has been coming to our Chippenham Memory Cafe and Music for the Mind group for a year and exemplifies someone who is living well with dementia.

"With the support of her family, Chippenham Town FC, and putting her own strategies in place, she is embracing life and is incredibly passionate about her interests. She is full of fun and warmth and we love having her in our groups." 

Looking towards England's chances of success in the Euros this year, Barbara said: "As for football coming home... never say never!"

Read Barbara's full story here