Freda's Foundation story

After losing husband Alec following a heart attack several years ago, she was left alone, and it was recommended she pop along to the Wolves Foundation’s Elders club.

She did, and she enjoyed it, and had been attending ever since until the sessions had to stop last March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It has obviously been a tough time for many elderly people who have been unable to mix and attend the social groups such as Wolves Elders which help reduce any feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Freda has managed to keep herself busy, both indoors and in her garden, and there is finally now some light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccination programme against Covid in full flow.

“I had my first injection in December, and the second one in January, without any problems at all,” says Freda, before sounding a note of caution.

“But I still know I’ve got to be careful with how the number of cases went up again.”

Freda and Alec had two sons, Neil and Paul, but tragically Neil died at the age of 20, and it was later on the way home from visiting Alec’s sister that he had a heart attack and also sadly passed away.

A friend would later recommend that Freda joined the Wolves Elders, a group which – before the pandemic - would spend time together socially either by meeting at Molineux or enjoying trips out.

“We’ve had some wonderful times,” says Freda.

“We are a happy lot together and have had some lovely parties.

“When I first joined we had a big room upstairs in the Stan Cullis Stand and we did indoor bowling which a lot of people really enjoyed.

“We also did line dancing, which was great, and would then out for meals, go to Goodyear’s, day trips to different places.

“It is a great club and we get the chance to do lots of things.

“At one point there were over 100 members, and there is a very good committee who work so hard for the club.

“It’s been nearly 12 months since we were last there now, and we all miss going.”

Freda has not been short of help and support during lockdown, with her grand-daughter Rhiane looking after her and doing her shopping, and both the Elders Club members and Foundation staff staying in contact.

“We keep in touch with one another and have good conversations, and it makes a big difference to speak on the phone,” she explains.

“I had a lovely letter off the Foundation just before Christmas as well, with a. nice gift of a bar of chocolate, which didn’t last long!

“I have been very happy, and someone from the Foundation phones me every month.

“I have also kept myself busy in the garden, I do a lot out there and just have someone in to do the trees and the hedges.

“I also love the television, and watch the soaps and films that I have recorded.”

Having completed her vaccinations, it is now a case of waiting just a little while longer for the programme to continue alongside a hopeful reduction in case numbers which will one day help life regain some form of normality.

So what is Freda looking forward to most at Wolves Elders?

“Just hoping everyone returns and seeing everyone again and having a chat,” she says.

“We are all just waiting to get back to the club to see one another again.”