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    Charlie Brading Standing Tall | Southampton FC

    Like most people his age, all SaintsAbility participant, Charlie, wants to do is play football and have a kickabout with his Dad. But, unfortunately that has not always been easy for Charlie as it is for other six-year-olds.

    Since birth, he has been living with spina bifida, club feet and scoliosis. This has left him struggling to find somewhere that allowed him to play football, free from everyday pressures. 

    But through our open access sessions, he has flourished. Building up strength and connecting with other footballers who are like him. 

    To celebrate his success and achievements, Charlie and his family were invited to our Charity Dinner in February where this video was played to a room of 400 people all there to support people like Charlie. 

    Now, we want to share his story with you. Filmed before lockdown, Charlie’s parents talk us through his tough childhood as well as how Saints Foundation has helped their family through some of their struggles. 

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    Throughout the last three months, we have been helping families like Charlie’s overcome adversities during this difficult time. 

    Our newest initiative, Family Saints, is giving families the chance to stay connected at home whilst taking on tasks set by our staff. 

    Not only that, but over the last three months, our involvement team have set up projects to help participants including quizzes, mentoring calls and online tournaments. They are making sure we are staying connected during our time away from sessions. 


    To aid our work with people like Charlie, season ticket holders can now donate the remaining balance from the last four games of the season. If this is something that you wish to support, check your emails to find out more.


    Click here to find out how you can support us

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