Wolves Foundation celebrate the Jubilee

The four-day holiday to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is seeing the country join together to celebrate the incredible 70-year reign – and counting! - of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

And participants on Wolves Foundation projects have also been getting involved to pay their own tributes to the longest-serving British monarch.

Last week the Thursday session of the Molineux Memories group for people with dementia and their carers staged a special jubilee party to mark the auspicious occasion.

This included jubilee-based crafts alongside cake and coffee, as well as a jubilee quiz testing their knowledge about the Queen and the Royal Family.

“The group were really keen to do some baking and brought their cakes along and the crafts and quiz went really well,” says Wolves Foundation Health Officer Megan Walters.

“It was a really nice session and the quiz in particular inspired a lot of chat about the Queen and the Royal Family as the participants shared their memories.”

Then this week participants on the pioneering Head 4 Health project planted some Jubilee Roses from David Austin Roses in one of the flowerbeds moving up the ramp outside Molineux.

“Gardening is one of those hobbies that can really be beneficial to mental health and we had been chatting about it within the team since a really successful player visit when Marcal and Romain Saiss did some planting at a Healthy Goals session,” says Head of Health & Wellbeing Rachel Smith.

“That session was based around World Earth Day, and we got chatting to our Head 4 Health participants and decided it would be nice to do something to tie in with the Jubilee.

“The Molineux groundstaff have very kindly cleared in area in one of the beds just up from main reception and the group met this week to plant the special Jubilee Roses.

“It was a really nice way to mark such an historic occasion.”

The Foundation have been fortunate to cross paths with Royalty in recent years, namely the Queen’s grandson Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.t

Rachel accompanied Head 4 Health participant Dean to meet the Prince at the launch of a joint initiative between his Heads Together charity and the FA at the start of 2020.

And the Foundation’s Inclusion & Cohesion Manager Luke Shearing was among staff who greeted the Prince and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton at The Way Youth Zone when they attended a Premier League funded session to discuss youth mental health.

As the Queen celebrated this incredible landmark it is also worth remembering she has visited Molineux twice during her seven decades on the throne.

Back in 1962, 60 years ago last month, more than 30,000 well-wishers were inside Molineux to see a young Queen present colours to military units including the Staffordshire Yeomanry, along with the North and South Staffs regiments.

The Queen, who apologised for potentially damaging the Molineux turf with her high heels, then had lunch at the Civic Hall and headed off to Wolverhampton Grammar School in the afternoon before moving on to Wednesfield and Walsall.

She was then back at Molineux in 1994, officially opening the redeveloped stadium following the work orchestrated by Sir Jack Hayward.