Saints As One: One year on

By SFC Media time Sat 27 Mar Saints As One

One year ago today, Southampton Football Club and Saints Foundation launched Saints As One, supporting our local community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the past 12 months, we’ve worked alongside the Foundation to launch initiatives to help those that were isolated and vulnerable during the pandemic, while also continuing to support people in and around Southampton through Saints Foundation’s wide-reaching programmes.

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Saints Foundation staff volunteers outside Royal South Hants Hospital to help with the city's vaccination programme. 

Between December and February, Saints Foundation staff volunteered 500 hours to support Solent NHS Trust’s rollout of the city’s vaccination programme, providing a friendly and reassuring presence while guiding older and vulnerable patients through the clinic.

Prior to that, the club donated £10,000 of presents to Southampton City Council’s annual toy appeal, that were then gifted to young people who are supported by the Council’s children’s services, ensuring they had a special surprise to open on Christmas Day.

The Foundation continued to stay connected to its participants throughout the nationwide lockdowns, including over 88,000 minutes of one-to-one calls with older adults and 800 hours of mentoring to secondary age young people through their Community Champions programme.

During the initial lockdown, through a partnership with FareShare Southern Central, club chefs cooked an incredible 13,000 meals, with Saints Foundation staff volunteering 1,700 hours of their time to distribute them across the local area. In addition, Foundation staff also made 2,000 deliveries of prescriptions to people who were isolating.

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Saints Foundation participants taking a walk on Southampton Common.

Southampton Football Club’s Chief Commercial Officer, David Thomas, said: “We are immensely proud of the impact Saints As One has made in people’s lives throughout the region during what has been a difficult time for everyone.

“The club and Saints Foundation will continue to support people across the city and beyond as part of our commitment to using the power and passion of the club to transform lives in our local community.”

Learn more about the club’s Social Responsibility and its commitment to supporting our community, with Saints As One continuing to make a positive impact to the lives of people in and around Southampton.

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