Tydfil Wood was more used to caring for others than being the one cared for. As a former district nurse in Rhondda, Wales, she had looked after many people in her community over the years – even earning herself the nickname Sister Wood.
But after the death of her husband, life became a lot lonelier for the retiree. Tydfil found herself spending a lot more time alone at home.
“I would receive visits from the family but getting out independently was a problem,” Tydfil said.
She could no longer drive because of her arthritis and eventually lost her confidence to go out altogether.
Her daughter Gaynor was concerned. But when she came across a British Red Cross project called Positive Steps, she thought it might be just what her mum needed.