Everton players Dan Gosling and Seamus Coleman joined youngsters at Alder Hey on Wednesday to celebrate two years of a partnership between the hospital and The Everton Foundation charity.
The joint birthday and Children’s Christmas Party saw patients and their families at the renowned hospital enjoy party food, cake, a children’s entertainer and a visit from Everton mascots Changy the Elephant and Toxteth the Tiger.
Changy and Toxteth Tiger were joined by foundation coaches, who travel to the hospital each fortnight to get the children out of their beds and into the playroom for an afternoon of exercise, discussion, art, music and laughter.
Chris Clarke, Project Development Manager at The Everton Foundation, said: “The kids are sometimes in hospital for long stints and they can get really down, bored and anxious about their treatments.
“Our programme is an opportunity to distract them from what’s going on and bring some excitement to their week.
“The workshops include family and hospital staff and they are always really well received.
“We started off in just the Neuro-medical ward but because of the success, and the need in other wards, we have rolled it out across the whole hospital.
“In the last 18 months we have reached more than 150 children, and this event is a great chance to get everyone together for a celebration of both Christmas and the second anniversary of our partnership with Alder Hey.”
The partnership was conceived in January 2008, to bring the foundation’s world renowned disability programme to the patients of Europe’s largest children’s hospital.
For more information contact Ed Casson, PR for The Everton Foundation, on 0151 709 4547.