Whether delivering essential supplies or connecting with older adults over the phone, former Saints players have joined forces with Saints Foundation to support the city’s community.
A host of former players, including Matt Le Tissier, James Beattie, Nicky Banger and Mark Blake have been assisting at FareShare, a food re-distribution charity, with staff from Saints Foundation and Southampton FC to deliver food to people who are isolated or vulnerable during this difficult time.
Staff from the club have dedicated more than 40 hours across 22 volunteers who have been able to deliver more than 1,000 meals, cooked at St Mary’s by chefs, to those who need it.
Not only that, but Saints Foundation have also teamed up with Communicare to make essential visits – at a safe social distance – with vulnerable adults in the community.
Greg BakerHaving the former players with us supporting our work shows just how strong the bond is between the club and its community
Head of Saints Foundation
“I had the pleasure of volunteering alongside Matt and it was great to see him getting stuck in with us inside the warehouse. The whole club has really come together during this time and we are proud of the work we are doing during this uncertain period.”
For Matt Le Tissier, it was a way to see how the community is coming together in this challenging time.
He added: “It was a really eye-opening experience for me. To see all of the food being taken out into the community showed me how much projects like this are needed at the moment. What the club and the community are currently doing is a real inspiration.”
The two schemes are all part of the wider Saints As One Campaign, delivered in partnership with Southampton FC, which looks to support the community in any way it can.