On Thursday 16th August, the partnership between Southampton ASDAs, the Saints Disabled Supporters' Association (SDSA), and the Saints Foundation, was started by a day at ASDA in Totton.
Between 9am and 4pm, representatives of the SDSA committee and Saints Foundation, were in the ASDA foyer selling raffle tickets for a Saints 1st team signed ball and specially made SFC cupcakes. They also tried to persuade shoppers entering and leaving the store, to help the Saints Foundation and SDSA by putting their loose change in the collection tins.
We were very lucky, as Sammy Saint had chosen to visit the store that day, and was willing to pose for photos, and help us get shoppers to donate. Thank you Sammy Saint!
At about 1.30pm, a queue started to form around the outside of the foyer, and most of the people in the queue were clearly Saints fans. To the normal shopper, it may have seemed a little unusual, as they could enter the store without any problem, but what they probably didn't know was that Saints Olympian, Jack Cork, was due at the store around 2pm.
A little after 2.10pm, Jack arrived, and began his mammoth task of meeting everyone in the queue, signing autographs, and posing for photos. At first, the queue didn't seem to get any shorter, but after about an hour and a half, the last person in the queue got to meet Jack, and Jack was free to go.
Julie Motherwell, Community Life Champion at ASDA Totton, arranged the day and said afterwards, "I would like to thank the Saints Foundation, SDSA, and especially Jack Cork for making it such a successful day".
Andy Mather, Chair of the SDSA, said "It was a great day. Totton shoppers were very generous in donating their change, and thank you to Julie Motherwell for arranging for us to use the ASDA foyer. We are also very grateful to Jack Cork for supporting the day".