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Under-21s visit Zoe's Place

25/10/2014  Comments (3)  jump

Everton's Under-21s players have clubbed together to make a 1,000 donation to local children's hospice Zoë's Place.

The full squad, along with coach David Unsworth, visited the hospice on Thursday to hand over the cheque and meet some of the inspiring children that receive one-to-one care at the facility.

The players came up with the idea to make a contribution to the community earlier this season and chose Zoë's Place after hearing about the incredible work that goes into supporting infants and their families.

The lads came to me and said this is what we've done [raised the money] and this is what we'd like to do," said Unsworth. "As coaches and members of staff, we just facilitated the visit.

"I have to say, it doesn't surprise me with this group of players that we have at Everton that they have done this off their own backs. They're a fantastic group and it's a superb cause they've chosen."

The team also got the chance to have a tour of the site in West Derby, meet staff and learn more about the day-to-day care provided.

Zoë's Place offers palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five-years-old suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

They can take up to six infants at any one time, providing care on a one-to-one basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Midfielder Ryan Ledson was among the group who visited and the England Under-18s star said: It's an unbelievable place. We go into training sometimes moaning about feeling tired, but coming somewhere like this puts it totally into perspective.

John McCormick, the Fundraising Officer at Zoë's Place in Liverpool, added: On behalf of all of our staff and children, I would like say a huge thank you to David Unsworth and the Everton U21 team for their fantastic donation of 1,000 to support the care of our children here at Zoë's Place Baby Hospice.

It was great to meet everyone and one of our children, Carson, really loved meeting the team and having a kick around with the lads.


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Gerry Quinn
1 Posted 25/10/2014 at 22:26:21
From top to bottom - doesn't matter, a great club with a great attitude, well done the younger teams.
Jeff Beaumont
2 Posted 26/10/2014 at 12:36:46
Makes me feel very humble.
My wife & me adopted two disabled kids many years ago & even though they are hard work at times - what you get back from them more than makes up for it & makes you realise that your problems are nothing compared to what they have to put up with.
Mike Childs
4 Posted 26/10/2014 at 19:27:14
Stacqualursi worked his socks off and the fans loved him for it.
Maybe Lukaku could try doing the same.

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