New chapter for Saints and Draper Tools as they commit to support Foundation

40 years after their original sponsorship of Southampton Football Club, Draper Tools’ relationship with Saints enters a new chapter as they name Saints Foundation as their Community Charity Partner.

The Hampshire-based tools business will support Saints Foundation through fundraising and volunteering over the course of the next year and beyond.

The team from Saints Foundation recently visited Draper Tools’ offices in Chandler’s Ford to raise awareness of their work, with their staff sampling some of the seated exercises the charity uses to keep older adults fit and active through the Senior Saints project.

Draper Tools sponsored Southampton Football Club for nine successful years from 1984 to 1993, during which time iconic players including Alan Shearer, Matthew Le Tissier and Francis Benali made their debuts for Saints. Now they want to support

the club’s charity in their work transforming lives in the city of Southampton.

Tom Draper, Director at Draper Tools commented: “As a family business, the local community is very important to us and we feel incredibly proud to be partnering with Saints Foundation.

“It’s been an honour getting to know the charity and the vital work they do, we’re so pleased to be supporting this. Our history with Southampton FC really makes this partnership feel extra special, it’s something everyone here is excited about. We look forward to working closely with charity and fundraising for them in future.”

Jazz Bhatti, Fundraising and Partnerships Manager at Saints Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the next chapter in Draper Tools’ long partnership with all things Saints.

“By naming us Saints Foundation as their Community Charity Partner, they will help us reach out to the most vulnerable people in our city, with our projects supporting participants to become healthier, empowered members of their communities.”

Saints Foundation is celebrating its 20 th anniversary in the 2021/22 football season. You can find out more about two decades of its life-changing impact here in Southampton by visiting their website: www.southamptonfc.com/saints-foundation

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