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Barkley and Lukaku support Children In Need

11/11/2014  Comments (3)  jump

Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley met an extra special guest when they welcomed Pudsey Bear to Everton Football Club's training ground.

The Children in Need mascot visited Finch Farm to meet the Blues' duo and Everton's very own mascot Changy the Elephant.

The quartet had a kickabout before Romelu and Ross taught Pudsey and Changy how to head the ball and perfect their keepy-ups!

Lukaku said: It's great to welcome Pudsey down to the training ground and for the Club to show our support for such an incredible charity.

Pudsey was at Finch Farm ahead of Children in Need's appeal day on Friday 14 November and to celebrate the news that Everton in the Community has been awarded three years of funding from the national charity to continue its uplifting daily workshops at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

The Blues' world-renowned disability programme has benefitted from Children in Need contributions in previous years and will now further develop its sports provision for disabled children across Merseyside.

Since 2008, Everton in the Community have been delivering daily fun activity workshops at Alder Hey to sick and disabled children and their siblings. The money received from Children in Need will maintain the charity's provision in both Alder Hey and Whiston Hospital as well as enabling it to develop programmes to be delivered in other hospitals.

The three-year contribution from Children in Need will also see Everton in the Community continue to deliver after school sports clubs for disabled children across Merseyside.

Steve Johnson, Everton in the Community Disability Manager, said: We deliver a number of after school sport clubs where we work on social interaction and opportunities for disabled children as well as competitive opportunities.

Our work in Alder Hey Children's Hospital sees us deliver fun activity workshops on the wards and in the day clinics to help ] relieve the stress of everyday hospital life for the children. The funding granted by Children in Need will help us to continue the great work that we do with disabled children right across the region.


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Robert Duncombe
1 Posted 11/11/2014 at 21:42:45
Lukaku looks concerned. He has obviously just had a kick about with Pudsey and realised that the bear has a better first touch than him.
Peter Morris
2 Posted 12/11/2014 at 07:46:24
and the bear's only got one eye!
Derek Knox
3 Posted 12/11/2014 at 10:55:37
Any chance of signing Pudsey on a permanent then? Or do we have to wait for the January transfer window to open!

I just can't BEAR all this tension!

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