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Brave Connor meets his Everton hero

Everton defender John Stones meets Connor and classmates

A schoolboy who saved his mum from giving up on life after his baby brother died, has been honoured as a young hero by his favourite club Everton.

8 year old Connor Loughlin, from Bootle, was given a big surprise at his school by defender John Stones.

Rob Smith reports on Connor's big day.

First 'blue hero' of Christmas unveiled by Everton FC

Everton hero Duncan Ferguson has kicked off Everton's 'Blue Crimbo campaign' by surprising a junior football coach during his training session in Kirkby, Merseyside.

Paul Rutherford, of Kirkby, manages Quarry Green Tigers Under-9s side and was going through warm-up drills on the astro turf at Kirkby High School with his young prodigys when the Goodison legend strode across the pitch.

Duncan Ferguson was there to deliver the news that Paul had been selected as the first Blue Hero of Everton's Blue Crimbo campaign.

I thought it was a dream when I saw Duncan walking over to me. I’m totally flabbergasted; I just try to put a little something back into the community. I know Everton are a big, big club in regards to community-based schemes and I’m made up that they’ve come down today to look at the work that we do in Kirkby.

– Paul Rutherford

Everton's 'Blue Crimbo' will see the Club embark on a month-long campaign to give back to the local community and reward those who make our region a better place. Throughout December, Everton will be out and about delivering special surprises to deserving supporters and sprinkling some festive cheer.

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Appeal for Blue Christmas from Everton FC

Everton's Samuel Eto'o and Steven Pienaar Credit: PA

Everton are on the look out for a fan who deserves a special treat as part of this year's Blue Crimbo campaign.

It aims to return something to supporters by recognising deserving causes over the 12 days of Christmas.

This year they're planning to surprise a youngster who's had a particularly hard time, or shown great bravery this year.

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