You can never keep an old Saints fan down for too long. In the case one Bupa care home resident, this is especially true.
72 year old David Baird suffered a stroke which he worried would slow him down and stop him doing the things he enjoyed.
When staff and carers at The Lindsay Bupa Care Home found out that David is an avid Southampton FC supporter, they decided to take matters into their own hands and with the support of David’s son, Adam, arranged for David to revisit his beloved Saints and see them play against Liverpool FC.
The home strives to organise experiences for their residents as part of their “#Nevertoolate” campaign, giving residents the chance to tick items off a bucket list.
David was treated to a warm VIP welcome from both the fans and the football club itself. His name was printed in the programme, he had a shout out at half time and was applauded by the entire stadium. To top it all off, David was given a brand new Saint’s football shirt donated by the football club.
David has been a passionate football fan all his life, inevitably this passion rubbed off on Adam. Speaking about the trip, Adam said, “It meant the world to my dad. We both have very fond memories of coming to the football. It was a great day - he couldn’t wait to have a pre-match pint!”
David said, “I still can’t get over the amazing day out I had at the Saints. It was indescribable. It brought back so many great memories. It’s such a thoughtful idea from the staff at the care home!”
Bianca Turner, Activities Lead at The Lindsay, said, “David has been an avid Saints fan all his life. We were so excited when we contacted Southampton F.C and they agreed to help bring David’s wish to life! It was great to see him in his element and relive all the great memories he’s made at the Saints.”
“We always try to give that little bit extra to our residents. We never say no to an idea and are determined to see a wish come true, no matter how small or how big!”