On Thursday evening, Saints Foundation’s annual charity dinner raised more than £40,000 thanks to the generosity of Saints fans, with all proceeds going to help those in the local community.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl, who was joined by his coaching staff, members of the first-team squad and members of the club’s board, fielded questions from fans and auctioning off prizes. A lunch with the boss raised £5,000 for Saints Foundation alone!
Club captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, James Ward-Prowse and Maya Yoshida were all up on stage, congratulating the Foundation on their work within the community and telling stories from their trips to projects.
Ward-Prowse said: “I’ve always seen how important the Foundation is to this city. They make a massive impact.”
Hasenhüttl added: “I didn’t know too much about the Foundation before I joined the club, but I am so proud to be part of Southampton and its work in the community.”
Other guests at the dinner included participants who have been supported by the vital work of Saints Foundation. This included Riley Freeborn, a student from Cantell School, who has improved vastly following the help of Community Champion Steve Ketteringham after being diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome two years ago.
Speaking about his experience on stage, he said: “Without Saints Foundation and Steve, I would not be up here with my family, telling you all about my success story.”
You can also support Saints Foundation tomorrow at their charity matchday as Saints take on Wolves.
The Saints squad will be wearing t-shirts during the warm up with participants’ names on and there will be activities for everyone around the ground from 1pm as well as a half-time parade, where you will get the chance to recognise the work of Saints Foundation.
A huge thank you to everyone that gave so generously at the charity dinner, your donations will help Saints Foundation to transform lives in and around Southampton.