Everton dedicate Hammers fixture to Children in Need

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Everton's fixture against West Ham United tomorrow is being dedicated to BBC Children in Need to raise awareness and funds for the national charity.

Both teams will be warming up in special Children in Need t-shirts in advance of kick-off whilst Pudsey Bear will be making guest appearances around the ground and as part of the matchday build-up, Everton Football Club have gifted important roles to young children from BBC Children in Need funded projects in the North West including a Junior Club Photographer, Stadium Safety Officer, Stadium Announcer, Junior Reporter, Premier League Matchday Manager and a behind the scenes first-team staff experience.

Ahead of the game, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jonas Lössl visited Alder Hey Children's Hospital with Everton in the Community to find out more about the daily play therapy sessions that our disability coaches deliver in the hospital which are part funded by BBC Children in Need

The Blues duo joined Everton in the Community's disability coach Mark Dolan on his daily rounds at one of Europe's busiest children's hospitals, where the Club's official charity have been providing play therapy sessions for more than 10 years.

Schneiderlin and Lössl accompanied Dolan as he made his way around wards 4A and 4C with a trolley full of toys and games, all designed to provide fun activity, interaction and support for children and their siblings.

Pudsey Bear will make an appearance pitch-side tomorrow and on the Fan Zone, while both teams will be warming up in BBC Children in Need t-shirts. All match-worn shirts will also be auctioned off following the game to raise vital funds to support Children in Need's work across the UK.

After learning more about the work Everton in the Community does in conjunction with BBC Children in Need, midfielder Schneiderlin said: “We have had a really fun day with the children at Alder Hey and played some card games and board games with them. It was beautiful to interact with them and spend a few moments with them because they have been through a difficult time. It just puts reality into perspective, and when we can help others it is the best thing we can do in our job.”

The visit to Alder Hey was summer signing Lössl's first trip to the children's hospital.

He added: “To see the work that everyone does here is incredible. It is fantastic to come here and just feel the presence that a lot of people have here to bring a smile to the kids' faces. I's really nice to be a part of that.”

To find out more about Everton in the Community and its programmes, visit www.evertonfc.com/community


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Joey Crawley
1 Posted 18/10/2019 at 21:13:55
If we could get Pudsey in on a Bosman this January we'd probably have more luck in front of goal with a one eyed bear than the bloody blind wombats we have right now.
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 18/10/2019 at 21:25:39
I believe all the Everton squad have volunteered their wages this week to Children in Need!!!
David Pearl
3 Posted 19/10/2019 at 16:26:10
Very good if true Dave?

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