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Southampton keep the elderly connected in lockdown

15 Nov 2020
Margaret Cook, Saints Foundation

Saints Foundation stepping in to help senior citizens such as Margaret Cook at risk of isolation

Margaret Cook is one of many older adults in Southampton who have felt less isolated during lockdown because of the work of the city's Premier League club.

"Without this support I don't know what I would have done, I would have been quite lost really," says Margaret, 84, about her regular contact with Southampton's charity arm, Saints Foundation.

"When lockdown first hit I was very, very upset because it meant I couldn't do things that I normally do. I had nothing. I felt dreadful.

"Saints Foundation came in as an absolute lifeline."

Margaret recognises the impact the Foundation has had on her mental and physical wellbeing.

"In the beginning stages they all did different pieces of video so you could still do the exercises," she explains.

"Going on the walks and meeting the different people, it's lovely. And of course the exercise [too]."

During lockdown the Foundation has made weekly phone calls, hosted socially distanced walking sessions, produced a radio programme and additional online video resources, all to keep the local elderly active and healthy.

Senior Saints keeping fit

And to help ensure Margaret and other isolated senior citizens continue to receive support, Saints Foundation has set up a fundraising page

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