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Journalism students preserve footballer’s memories before voice lost forever

Lenny JohnroseTwo journalism students are helping a retired footballer commit his memories to tape before he loses his voice permanently.

Ashley Edwards and Charlotte Le-Noury, who study at the University of Central Lancashire, are working with former Burnley and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Lenny Johnrose on a podcast which examiners his life and career.

Mr Johnrose, pictured, is living with motor neurone disease and will eventually lose his voice as a result.

Ashley and Charlotte are being supported in the project by lecturer Gerrie Byrne after she interviewed Mr Johnrose.

Ashley told the Burnley Express: “Our [podcast] is about Len’s disease, but also about his football career and all of his amazing stories. Len is very easy to work with and has the best sense of humour.

“Even with all the doom and gloom of coronavirus, Len can still make anyone laugh. He’s such a nice bloke and makes this podcast run smoothly by recording voice clips for Charlie and I.

“This podcast interested me mostly as I love the idea of working with a former footballer but also all the skills and experience I will build doing this will be priceless. We are still continuing our normal studies in lockdown, but this gives us an added interest.

“I also hope this podcast will be a great thing for him and for his friends, family and his fans. The fact that we can still record remotely when in quarantine using the an app is great. It’s simple to use for us and Len.”