During the COVID-19 pandemic, Southampton Football Club and Saints Foundation launched the Saints As One campaign, an outreach and engagement project to support our communities.
Over the past few months we have launched initiatives to help those that were isolated and vulnerable, including Saints Foundation delivering over 13,000 meals and 2,000 prescriptions to those most in need across the city. We also delivered a range of resources and content to help keep our fans active, entertained and connected during this challenging time, with club staff making over 4,000 calls to Season Ticket holders over 65.
The club and Saints Foundation partnered with FareShare Southern Central, Hampshire’s biggest charity for fighting hunger and food waste, with staff volunteering 1,700 hours of their time to cook and distribute 13,000 meals in the local area.
On top of this, more than 10,000 units of food and drink were donated by the club before being delivered by Saints Foundation to Solent NHS Trust’s four hospitals across the city.
Saints Foundation joined forces with the city’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, with staff volunteering to run a Prescription Delivery Service to aid those most vulnerable in our community, making 2,000 deliveries from 40 different pharmacies. There was a royal visit for Saints Foundation when HRH The Countess of Wessex met volunteers, delivering medication as part of the Prescription Delivery Service and helping out at the FareShare Southern Central food distribution centre in Totton.
The Foundation also ran free soccer schools for children of key workers in Southampton, providing more than 1,800 hours of childcare for those that needed it most. Saints As One has allowed Southampton Football Club and Saints Foundation to connect with and support our community during these challenging months and we will continue to help those most in need over the months ahead.