An inspirational teenager whose passion for Everton drove her to make a difference in the Walton community was given a festive surprise by Romelu Lukaku when she was named Everton's latest Blue Hero.
Hannah McLellan, of Huyton, spent an afternoon in the company of fellow Evertonians at the Club's Ladies Lunch event, after being led to believe her stepmum had won a pair of tickets on social media site Facebook.
The 16-year-old was entirely unaware that the Blues star in fact knew all about the tireless work she does to improve the lives of others and was ready to surprise her with an early Christmas gift.
Stunning the audience, Romelu told them a Blue Hero was in their midst, before walking to Hannah's table and presenting her with flowers and a pamper day for two.
Hannah said: "It's unbelievable. I didn't expect it at all. He walked over and said you have done so much and you are an inspiration and I couldn't believe Lukaku was saying that to me!
"I just love Everton. I love everything about the Club, especially all the community stuff that they do. I'm just so glad I can be a part of it."
The Belgian striker was delighted to be able to bring some festive cheer as part of the Club's Blue Crimbo campaign.
He said: "It was important for me to be here and congratulate Hannah for all the good work that she does and make sure she knows that it is recognised by so many people. She is an inspiration to all of us."
The teenager dedicates hours of her time to helping children learn to read at Gwladys Street School, the closest primary to Goodison Park.
On top of that, she is involved with Christian Action charity and gives up her spare time to help out at St Luke's Church — which is located next to the Blues' stadium — at their special events and on matchdays, often serving cups of tea to home and away supporters.
Reverend Canon Dr Ellen Loudon of St Luke's said: "Hannah is always up for taking on challenges and being part of community life. She's mad on Everton Football Club and being able to combine her interest in the team with volunteering and wanting to do good things is what makes her such an inspiring young person.
"Sometimes the people who make a lot of noise are often those who get the attention but it's nice to offer such an award to the more quiet, thoughtful people and Hannah is certainly one of those."
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1 Posted 17/12/2014 at 19:00:14
2 Posted 17/12/2014 at 20:32:22
3 Posted 17/12/2014 at 21:14:29
5 Posted 17/12/2014 at 21:57:59
6 Posted 17/12/2014 at 22:14:17
Credit where it's due.
7 Posted 17/12/2014 at 22:19:31
But Everton FC is a football club first and foremost and the priorities for the players and manager should be what happens out on the pitch, especially when things aren't going swimmingly. Everton in the Community is a fine charity and deserves our support, but not at the expense of losing sight of our core business.
8 Posted 17/12/2014 at 22:35:01
9 Posted 17/12/2014 at 22:36:07
Great video as well.
10 Posted 17/12/2014 at 22:54:41
11 Posted 17/12/2014 at 23:50:56
13 Posted 22/12/2014 at 16:44:27
14 Posted 22/12/2014 at 17:30:48
15 Posted 23/12/2014 at 13:31:57
He was hardly dragged kicking and screaming from training to do this.
16 Posted 30/12/2014 at 02:02:45
The players do a lot more charity work than gets broadcasted by the media, or that they want to keep secret. As what was stated before, a few hours to kill. What do you do, play xbox, go to the pub, or go visit sick children in hospital?
As for the club and this event. Yes it is a PR stunt, but a PR stunt for a good cause, and a good person. So I say keep it up. May be bitter, but at least we are charitable.
Do the players suffer or the football on the field. Not a chance. Doing charity work doesnt make you give up the ball 30 yards from goal. And charity work has nothing to do with pulling a hammy.
17 Posted 03/01/2015 at 10:21:26
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