Danny Graham teamed up with Age UK Blackburn with Darwen to help raise awareness about the difficulties faced by the elderly on a daily basis and during the winter months.
Fresh from his hat-trick against Sheffield Wednesday, the 33-year-old tried on an age simulation suit for the independent charity, which offers support and services for older people in the local area.
Graham, who is this season’s Player Ambassador for Age UK Blackburn with Darwen – one of the club’s four chosen charity partners – was pleased to offer his support and wear the outfit, which restricts mobility and impairs vision.
He 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 and the struggles they face, particularly at this time of year.
“With the cold weather coming, we should be looking after our elders. My nanna is 83 and every time I get a chance to go up and see her and help her out, I do.”
Elaine Jennings of Age UK Blackburn with Darwen added: “As a local independent charity, we are delighted to be one of Blackburn Rovers’ nominated charities for the 2018-19 season and to have Danny Graham as our nominated player.
“We wanted to put Danny in the age simulation suit and 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 our local services for those aged 50+ which people can turn to for support.
“For someone who is fit and active like Danny, it was clearly a unique experience to discover how it might feel to be older and the importance of keeping yourself mobile and active whatever your age.”
For more information about Age UK Blackburn with Darwen, click here.