BAJFC showed their support last night at training for ‘FRANKS LAW’, a campaign run by Amanda Kopel, wife of the late former Dundee United player Frank Kopel, who died in 2014 of vascular dementia and alzheimer’s. The players and manangement staff were joined together with Amanda to get the message out there across the Junior football scene.
After Frank, pictured with wife Amanda at Tannadice, was diagnosed with dementia, Amanda began her campaign, which won the backing of TV star Lorraine Kelly, Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross and former footballers. The fight took Amanda to the Scottish Parliament to hold talks with Health Secretary Alex Neil and she also appeared in front of MSPs at the public petitions committee.
The couple were forced to pay for council care services costing around £400 a month.
The policy was described by Amanda as “discriminatory” and Mr Neil has since suggested he may close the “loophole” in the law that denies younger dementia sufferers free care. Amanda said: “I’m going to carry on the fight for free care for others. If they thought I was shouting before I’ll be shouting even louder now. I’ll do it in memory of Frankie.
“It would need a law to be passed and I’d like them to call it ‘Frank’s Law’. I’ve promised Frankie if I have to crawl on my hands and knees for this, I’ll do it. It’s up to the Scottish Government now.”
Frank is survived by wife Amanda, son Scott, his wife Jacqueline and their two children, Kendal and Ryan.
Picture below is both sets of management and players of BAJFC and local rivals Dundee North End with Amanda Kopel.