Saints Foundation’s online event All In This Together has raised £25,000 for the charity to use to continue transforming lives in and around Southampton.
More than 400 guests joined the online event from the comfort of their own homes, watching Saints legends past and present join Kenzie Benali for an evening of laughter, entertainment and exclusive interviews.
Saints stars from far and wide came together in support of the charity, including legendary former manager Lawrie McMenemy, club record holder Terry Paine, and current first team players James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings. The managers of Saints’ men’s and women’s sides, Ralph Hasenhüttl and Marieanne Spacey-Cale, also joined Kenzie Benali for a live interview at St Mary’s.
Viewers at home also enjoyed watching Saints legends Matt Le Tissier and Franny Benali go head-to-head in The Legends Cooking Challenge; live performances from musician Charley Stride and comedian Tom Deacon; and emotional stories from participants who spoke about how Saints Foundation have changed their lives.
Lucky auction winners also won a spot playing alongside ex-Saints James Beattie and Wayne Bridge in a match at St Mary’s this summer, both of whom joined us for a live interview on the night.
The night raised £23,310 from ticket sales, auctions and donations. Southampton Football Club have generously donated a further £1,690 to round us up an astonishing total of £25,000. This money will be used to continue transforming lives in and around Southampton at a time when the Foundation’s support has never been more vital.
Greg Baker, Head of Saints Foundation, commented: “We are exceptionally proud of our online event and the way our supporters have come through for us once again.
“After missing out on so many vital fundraising opportunities in the last 12 months, we worked really hard to create this online experience, with the aim of not just raising money, but also bringing some joy to us all during these difficult times.
“It was a fantastic night and thank you so much to everyone who contributed to that incredible final total. Everyone at Saints Foundation is so grateful.”
Saints Foundation would like to also thank the event sponsor, Barratt David Wilson Homes, and long-term Foundation supporter, Gordon Browning, for their very generous support.