United bid to tackle Alzheimer’s

AYR UNITED are lowering ticket prices for Saturday’s Championship clash with Dunfermline to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The game is the first home tie for the Honest Men since the death of former chairman Donald Cameron from Alzheimer’s and tickets have been slashed down to £5 for everyone.

Graeme Miller, Ayr United commercial manager, said: “Donald was chairman and honorary president here for a long time so his son Lachlan – the present chairman – felt that he wanted to do something to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and that’s why he has reduced the ticket prices.”
It will be a special afternoon for the club with a minute’s silence being held prior to kick-off as well as 2,000 “clap” banners being distributed beforehand to help add to the atmosphere.

The clap banners will be donated by a friend of the Cameron family, Donald Grant, who recently lost his wife to the disease.

14469367_893621384104916_2005109960_nBoth families have pledged to donate £10 to Alzheimer’s Scotland for every season ticket holder that attends as well as also making up the difference to the club for the reduction in ticket prices.

“Hopefully the supporters will turn out” said Miller. “It would be great to get a really big home support in to the ground as Somerset Park is great when you get lots of people in and we would like to get upwards of 3,000 people at the game on Saturday.”

Gerry McCoy who is the Deputy Regional Manager of Alzheimer’s Scotland in Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway said; “I think it’s a terrific gesture. The club have been very supportive of our efforts to raise awareness in the past and to see that they are doing so again is fantastic for us.

“Ayr United are always very proactive in their community schemes and they are very committed to the part they play so to see them raising awareness for a disease that affects so many is such a positive for us and helps raise our profile greatly.”

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