Thursday 9th November 2017 was the day that we – the Former Players Association – had all been waiting for; to fulfil a promise to make life more comfortable and dignified for a Rovers legend.
Stuart Taylor not only played his entire League career with Rovers (1965-1980) but also holds our club record for both League appearances (546) and senior appearances overall (635). He was such a lynchpin in the side he never once made a substitute appearance – he was too busy being on the pitch!
Stuart had been fighting an aggressive case of Lewy Body Dementia with frontal lobe damage that could well have been caused or exacerbated by years of heading heavy balls and had recently moved into a residential home to help give him the support he needed.
The BRFPA was determined to help Stuart with a specific need so a discreet fund-raising objective was undertaken.
The aim was to provide Stuart with a bespoke Rota-Pro bed for his 6’5” frame, a rotational chair-to-bed function allowing unassisted transfer to and from bed. The benefits were instantly great, and with the help of the residential home staff, his wife Pam and his loving family, Stuart slept and lived better. The full story can be read here.
Sadly Stuart eventually lost his fight for life on 10th October 2019. Our memories of the big man can be found here.
The bed will continue to help someone else now, and we also helped with costs for his wake.