Lawrie McMenemy spoke of his pride after being named as a Saints Foundation ambassador, continuing his five-decade association with Southampton Football Club.
The former manager, who led the side to the 1976 FA Cup triumph, has joined fellow club legends, Matt Le Tissier and Franny Benali, as part of the team, alongside Kenzie Benali, Maya Yoshida, Iwan Thomas and current first team captain, James Ward-Prowse.
McMenemy, who is also a club ambassador, will team up with Saints Foundation to spread their message further.
Speaking about his new involvement with the charity, he explained: “I am proud to have been made an official ambassador.
“The work they do, especially for pensioners, is fantastic. I really want to praise the staff for all they do. Whether it is with things like the Prescription Delivery Service or delivering food, they have been excellent over the last few months. I hope it keeps going forward all the time.
“I am really looking forward to being able to get out and about again and see the participants once this is all over. I will do whatever they tell me to do to help.”
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Saints Foundation Ambassador
Greg Baker, Head of Saints Foundation, added: “Lawrie is a club legend and a huge advocate of our work. Over the years he has supported us incredibly, so we are delighted to welcome him into a team of ambassadors that will allow us to reach more people than ever before.
“We are really happy with the line-up of our ambassadors. Each of them has something different that they can bring to the table and each of them will be able to showcase our work in a different way. This is some really good news for our charity in what has been a really difficult time for not only us, but the city as a whole.”
McMenemy is a popular visitor to Saints Foundation sessions, regularly attending the annual Senior Saints Christmas Party as well as other events and sessions put on by the charity.
The Foundation’s Senior Saints participants have been some of the hardest hit during the last few months. But staff at Saints Foundation have been making sure that they are staying in touch, making thousands of phone calls and delivering prescriptions to those people isolated by the pandemic.
Speaking about the work of his staff throughout this time, Greg Baker said: “It has been fantastic to see everyone pull together and work as hard as ever for the community.
“I am incredibly proud of how we have adapted to the ever-changing situation and I know it’s something that our ambassadors see as well.
“It gives them a real sense of what we do, and it’s been great to see them get involved as well. We are excited to see what the future brings.”