By Jessica Rowley
Wolves and Wolves Foundation have launched a new initiative to boost supporters morale amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
The ‘Wolves at Home’ campaign will see a team of former players and staff making over 2000 calls during the next fortnight, starting with the clubs oldest season ticket holders.
Supporters could be contacted by club legends such as Steve Bull, Matt Murray, Steve Daley and John Richards in a bid to ease anxiety during an unprecedented period.
Former striker John Richards said: “We understand how our older supporters could be feeling very lonely at this time – no football, worrying news stories and self-isolation is making all of us anxious.
“I’m very happy to get behind the Wolves at Home scheme and I’m really looking forward to reliving some fun tales with fans over the coming days.”
Current goalscoring record holder and former striker Steve Bull added: “We all need to stick together during this difficult time. Checking in on our oldest fans is really important. I’d love to pop round in person for a cuppa, but this is the next best option.”
The scheme will give football fans the chance to talk to the former players about their golden days while also offering help to those currently following government advice to self isolate.
The offer of assistance with prescription collection and the collection of groceries will be rolled out to those without friends and family support as a result of the virus outbreak.
Phone-calls and FaceTime, to check in with supporters, will also be offered as part of the campaign paint particular attention to those who are at-risk, vulnerable or isolated.
Lower Gornal season ticket holder John Southall, aged 78, was one of the elderly supporters to be contacted and said the campaign was a great idea.
“I’ve followed the club since I was a young boy and I think that it’s a really lovely gesture now that we can’t get out to go and watch the matches.
“My granddaughter received an email telling me I’d receive a call within 24 hours. I didn’t speak to a former player but the member of staff that I spoke was friendly and really brightened my day.”
Will Clowes, head of Wolves Foundation, said: “We will be making over 2,000 calls during the next couple of weeks and I’d like to thank all of the former players for getting involved.
This is just one of a range of relief and support initiatives that the club and Foundation have launched under the Wolves at Home initiative. All Foundation projects have ceased delivery, but the dedicated team of staff will be continuing to provide services digitally and with personal connections.”
The campaign comes after Wolves’ owners Fosun donated 2,300 pieces of protective equipment to the city to help support and protect front-line services.