Blackburn Rovers Community Trust’s Jordan Bentley has been in the news this week after winning the Lancashire Telegraph and Blackburn with Darwen Council’s ‘Good Neighbours Award’.
Second year BTEC student Jordan spent a week taking full time care of 68-year-old Michael Crawford, who suffers from dementia. Michael’s regular carer, Anthony Gouldsbrough, was admitted to hospital for a week so Jordan kindly stepped forward to take care of Michael.
The 19-year-old helped wash, feed and slept at the house for four nights alongside providing Michael with his medication and taking him to home matches at Blackburn Rovers.
Jordan has been involved in taking care of Michael alongside his friend Joe Lightbown for more than five years and won the ‘Good Neighbours Award’ after he was nominated by Anthony.
The story ran in the Lancashire Telegraph on Wednesday 18th April and it immediately caught the eye of Blackburn Rovers supporter John Chamley.
John has been a regular at Ewood Park since the 1960s and now his company, Flavour Art UK, sponsor club captain Charlie Mulgrew and midfielder Peter Whittingham alongside hiring an executive box at the stadium for home matches.
To reward Jordan for his generosity and kindness, John bought his fellow Rovers supporter a bottle of champagne, which he presented to him prior to the home win against Peterborough United on Thursday evening.
“I was reading the Lancashire Telegraph and I saw Jordan’s story and it was so nice to see what he has done by volunteering his time to help somebody who is in need,” said John.
“Jordan was helping not just one but two people. He hasn’t been getting paid to help, it was all off his own back which is really nice.
“It really impressed me that someone as young as Jordan would help someone in this way and the least he deserved was a small reward. He is a credit to Blackburn Rovers.”