Hazel Freeman talks about the influence of religion on her father’s philanthropic activities
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 18th July 2011 by Liam Physick
Hazel Freeman reveals how her father was a “practical Christian” (in his own words), albeit not a churchgoer, and one day, when in a long traffic queue in a tunnel, he had time to think, and came up with the idea that everybody should do something for everybody else
Interviewee: Hazel Freeman
Interviewee Gender: Female
Date of Interview: 19th February 2011
Jenny: I wonder if we could talk a little bit about Fred now and just his . . . cos itâ€™s clear that he did really feel part of the Edge Hill . . . he was a, a, a real part . . .
Hazel: He was a Liverpudlian, wasnâ€™t he? (laughs)
Jenny: Yeah. And I suppose what I wanna ask is, what â€“ well, obviously, weâ€™ve said about the demolition, but what was it that really drove him to, to, sort of, put so much back, do you think?
Hazel: Well, he was a man of deep spiritual beliefs and faiths, but, one wouldnâ€™t have known it . . .
Hazel: . . . you know, his, he was what he called a practical Christian. He wasnâ€™t a church, a particular churchgoer, that was actually the driving force, the fact that it was, one had to show in this life, practical Christianity, that was his . . . and, the whole thing came about, which you probably know, is because, actually, of the queues in the tunnel.
Jenny: Oh, right, I donâ€™t know this story.
Hazel: Well, in those days, the late, well it . . . the late 60s, the 70s, there were â€“ Iâ€™ve got to go â€“ they were tremendous queues to go through the tunnel, there was a so-called rusher . . .
Jenny: Oh, right . . .
Hazel: . . . and he would be . . . no, the demolition would be in the 70s, actually, the late 60s, 70s â€“ and there was this immense, immense queues, and youâ€™d be sitting there, you know, somebodyâ€™d break down, theyâ€™d run out of petrol, youâ€™d be there for half an hour, standing still (Jenny makes an exasperated noise) and it was . . . they didnâ€™t really have car radios, they werenâ€™t that much good in those days (Jenny giggles), and so you had time to think, and thatâ€™s when it came to him, that if everybody could do just a little bit for everybody else . . .
Hazel: . . . they would, you know, feel everybody helping everybody else, and thatâ€˜s when he started all this business with the penny in the pound, but thatâ€™s a completely different story.
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