WEDNESDAY 4th August saw the return of our popular Over 65s group, with our local senior citizens meeting up in person for the first time since March 2020.
First launched in 2009, Extra Time would run every Wednesday before the pandemic began, helping isolated groups engage with each other, as well as encouraging physical activity.
However, due to the pandemic and much of the group being extremely vulnerable to the virus, the group had to turn to the internet, with weekly WhatsApp calls keeping the group connected throughout the tough period.
Thankfully, following the easing of COVID restrictions, this week saw the first opportunity for our Extra Time group to meet in person, with Hammersmith Park the ideal location.
With over 20 members turning up, it was a fantastic occasion for all involved and the perfect social interaction that everyone had longed for.
Fiona Hodgson, business development manager for the Trust, spoke to www.qpr.co.uk about the event, saying: "It was wonderful to see so many members of the Extra Time group this morning, especially after not seeing them since the start of March last year.
“Everyone was in great spirits and is now looking forward to the group starting their regular sessions again from September.”
We also spoke to participants Mary and Rose who could only praise the group, by adding: “It’s so nice to see each other again, we have been inside now for so long, so to be out and enjoying the sunshine is just fantastic.
“We have missed the group so much, we used to enjoy going for a chat each week - it was something we looked forward to but we just haven’t been able to go. So to now see this many people together again is just wonderful.
“During the lockdown we were able to keep in touch through technology, which we learned at QPR, so that was a godsend - but today has been fantastic.
“Of course, QPR rang us every week during the lockdown and for some of us that was our only social interaction, so it meant so much and we can’t thank the club and the group enough.”