Saints Foundation: Margaret's Story

By SFC Media time Sat 07 Nov Saints Foundation
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Saints Foundation has provided an invaluable lifeline for their older adult participants who have found themselves isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic - find out how they've supported Margaret, one of their Senior Saints participants, and what you can do to help.

When lockdown first hit, Margaret Cook’s life was turned upside down. All the things she usually did stopped abruptly; she was cut off from the world and her community.

But a lifeline came in the form of the Foundation's Senior Saints project which was quickly adapted to reach out to local community of older adults at home.

I had nothing. I felt dreadful. saints Foundation came in as an absolute lifeline

margaret, 84
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During the tightest restrictions, Margaret used Saints Foundation's exercise videos to stay active, and spoke to members of their team on the phone regularly.

84-year-old Margaret Cook, who lives in Bassett, has been engaging with the Foundation's projects for around ten years. In this short video, she talks openly about the effect the pandemic has had on her life, and how the Foundation continues to support her.

Since the pandemic began, Saints Foundation has adapted its work to support and connect with older adults at home. They’ve kept in contact via weekly phone calls, created online resources about staying active, and even started broadcasting exercise sessions on the radio. The work of the Foundation has not stopped, even if their usual routine has.

But they need your help. As a second lockdown begins, the support Saints Foundation provides will be more valuable than ever to people like Margaret.

Throughout the last six months, they have had invaluable support from partners, including Southampton FC, the National Lottery Charitable Fund through the Coronavirus Community Support Fund and the Premier League. But due to the restrictions put on the Foundation by the pandemic, they have still missed out on vital donations that allow them to support vulnerable older adults.

Saints Foundation is aiming to raise £10,000 in November and December in order to continue this vital support into 2021.

Just £5 a month could mean that someone like Margaret receives a regular check in phone call from the Foundation team. Your donation could help Saints Foundation sustain this vital work.

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