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John Stones surprises young Blue Hero

05/12/2014  Comments (2)  jump
England International John Stones has been back to school to surprise a very special young Evertonian who's been chosen as Everton FC's next Blue Hero.

Eight-year-old Connor Munro-Loughlin was shocked and star-struck when the Everton star surprised him in the middle of a lesson at All Saints Catholic Primary School in Bootle for the latest instalment of the Blue Crimbo campaign.

Last month Everton and Granada Reports set out to find a deserving young Evertonian who merited a special surprise this Christmas.

After receiving dozens of nominations, Connor was chosen and the special visit was arranged to show him just how proud Everton Football Club was of him.

He was nominated by his mum, Jennifer, who along with Connor has fundraised for Alder Hey over the past four years since his younger brother, Lewis, sadly passed away, after receiving treatment at the Merseyside hospital.

Jennifer said: He lost his brother, my little boy Lewis, in 2010 and since then we have done a lot of fundraising for Alder Hey and Connor, off his own back, has been involved as much as possible, whether it's a Santa Dash or a sponsored walk through Knowsley Safari Park.

Connor has done more for me than anyone ever could and he doesn't even realise it. Just by being him, he's pulled me through the last four years and I'm just so, so proud of him.

Asked about the surprise itself, Jennifer said: I knew he'd be shocked but he'll be able to look back on it and I know he'll cherish it.

Stones, 20, was on hand to give out blue Santa hats and Everton stockings to the entire class and he gave Connor some extra Blue goodies including tickets to the upcoming Queens Park Rangers game where he'll get the chance to meet some of the other first team players and join in with all of the festive activity arranged.

The Everton defender was proud to be involved in the surprise school visit. He said: I was nervous myself walking in and surprising him. He's such an inspiration and he doesn't even realise it so it was nice for us to be able to give him something back.

I think he was very shocked, his face said it all and I'm really happy with how it went. Hopefully he's made up as well.

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.

Duncan Ferguson has already rewarded junior football coach Paul Rutherford in Kirkby and there is plenty more to come throughout December.

Everton will be out and about delivering special surprises to deserving supporters and sprinkling some festive cheer, so keep an eye out.


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Jeff Beaumont
1 Posted 06/12/2014 at 10:34:40
Brought tears to my eyes – what a Club!
Paul Andrews
2 Posted 06/12/2014 at 10:56:22
Love this club of ours.

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