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Connecting generations

Children on Southampton's Premier League Primary Stars programme reached out to isolated or vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TIPL Southampton connecting generations

The Saints As One campaign launched last season to demonstrate Southampton FC and the Saints Foundation's ongoing support for their community, most notably for isolated or vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Christmas, as part of their continued outreach work, the Foundation sought to connect generations and encouraged pupils on the Premier League Primary Stars programme at Foundry Lane Primary School to create and share homemade Christmas cards with participants on the Senior Saints programme.

As part of one of their weekly check-in calls, the Senior Saints group shared their cards and the heartfelt messages from the children.

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"Dear Jenny," one wrote, "I know you can't see your family because of coronavirus but hopefully you can see them soon. Please remember to be happy even when you’re not because you are amazing!"

This activity is just one of the ways in which the Saints Foundation has stayed connected to those in their community during the pandemic.

Through the campaign more than 88,000 minutes of one-to-one calls with older adults have also taken place.

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