McMenemy surprises hospice families at Saints match

VIP treatment for local hospice families from Saints legend, Lawrie McMenemy, during football match at St Mary’s Stadium

St Mary’s stadium had some special guests watching the Saints vs. Wolves match on Saturday. Four families, who use Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices for children and young adults, were invited down to watch the match from a VIP box, complete with a buffet lunch and a surprise visit from local footie legend – the former Saints manager, Lawrie McMenemy.

This opportunity was made available to the families through a long-standing loyal supporter of the charity, Terry Leon, in partnership with St Mary’s Stadium sponsor, SportPesa. The families were accompanied by two Naomi House and Jacksplace ambassadors, one being Debby Bartlett who described how they had and ‘amazing time’ at the match:

” I’m not sure I understand the rules of football any more, but it was very enjoyable to see the kids and parents enjoy it so much.:

Terry Leon has now been able to arrange this for Naomi House & Jacksplace families for three years in a row and he thanked the charity, and St Mary’s Stadium for hosting the children and their families.

Naomi House & Jacksplace are hospices based in Winchester for children and young adults with life shortening illnesses. The hospices currently care for more than 550 families across central southern England. Each and every year the charity needs to raise £9.2 million to be able to offer vital services such as respite care, end of life care and continued post bereavement care to the families who need them most.

The hospices are encouraging people to support them during their birthdays and special occasions by setting up a Fundraiser on Facebook. To find out more about supporting Naomi House on Facebook, visit: www.naomihouse.org.uk/facebook-fundraisers.