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Everton players pay festive visit to Alder Hey

Everton players meet patients at Alder Hey Photo: Everton Football Club

Young patients at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital have received a Christmas visit from Everton Football Club.

Blues manager Marco Silva and his players made their annual Christmas visit to the Liverpool hospital.

Silva, accompanied by his coaching staff and his entire senior squad, visited children and their parents on a number of busy wards including Cardiac & Neonatal, HDU, Specialist Surgery and Burns.

They handed out a variety of Everton goodies and spent time chatting to patients and their families, helping to lift the spirits of those who are set to spend the festive period in hospital.

It was Silva’s first visit to Alder Hey since becoming the Everton manager.

“Since I came and joined the Club, I soon realised that Everton is more than a club, Everton is a family and today is a perfect example of that. It is important that we come and visit these children and their families at a special time of year and help to put smiles on their faces.”

– Marco Silva
Hats off to Everton! Credit: Everton Football Club

Alder Hey cares for over 275,000 children, young people and their families every year.

Everton Football Club has a long standing relationship with the local children’s hospital with Leighton Baines being an official Alder Hey Patron.

The Club’s charity Everton in the Community has also been working in the hospital for over 10 years, running activity workshops there five days a week.

"I’ve got two young girls myself and any parent will tell you your kids are the most important thing in the world. To see how tough the parents are, how strong they are and with smiles on their faces when maybe they’ve not slept properly for weeks or months because of the worry, they’re a credit to themselves and we wish them all the best.”

– Right-back Seamus Coleman