AFC Totton within the Community
As many people know the club have tried their utmost best to provide all the help and assistance they can through what has been a truly horrid last 12 month. As a run down, we would like to share the successes and bring some good news to those reading.
Shortly after the first Lockdown in the UK started in March 2020, Dave Penny at AFC Totton was approached by his niece, who was aware of AFC Totton’s community work and discussed setting up an NHS food bank at the club. This consisted of filling grab bags full of essential items for Key Workers such as Doctors, Nurses and those working within the NHS in Lymington
The food bank was supplied with donations from a wide variety of major supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco, Boots and food share. The bags were prepared by Dave Penny’s family, himself and his niece’s friend. They also distributed the bags along with Air Lynx who were kind enough to deliver them to their destinations with the support and help of James Beattie. James travelled with the deliveries, helping give moral support to the NHS workers and staff. This whole process was to ensure the staff working did not have to access the community themselves to gain the supplies they needed, especially after working extremely long shifts to help keep the NHS afloat. We successfully managed to put together and deliver over 1,000 bags over a 3-month period.
Back when the Government stopped the supply of food vouchers to ensure children had free school meals, AFC Totton stepped in and supplied free meals with the support of G-Hosp, the club’s in house catering team. It was a massive accomplishment, and one that many families around the community were grateful for.
Much like 2019, at Christmas, the club launched their Annual Toy Appeal to supply the children in the local area, who were in the greatest need at such a critical time. Throughout the Christmas Holidays, AFC Totton supplied over 150 families with presents. Dave Penny and his wife spent many, many evenings wrapping these presents to be given in time.
With Easter fast approaching, the Hampshire club also supplied Calmore infants and junior schools with 500 Easter eggs. This was to reward each child with an egg for their efforts in such a smooth transition going back to school after the latest lockdown. The donation of the eggs came from club sponsors, DNA Insurance and our partners in the community, Team Spirit.
Lastly, in such a crucial time of need, the club has been used as a mass vaccination centre, and to date have injected over 14,000 local residents in and around Totton.
We would like to thank every single Business and individuals who have helped the club through all of the above.