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Ossie visits Claire House

30/07/2014  Comments (5)  jump

Everton stalwart Leon Osman visited Claire House Children's Hospice on Tuesday, ahead of his celebratory testimonial game.

Leon chose the local hospice, which cares for children and young people with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition, as one of two charities to donate the funds raised at his testimonial game.

The Everton midfielder said: "There are two charities who are involved with my testimonial year. They are Make-a-Wish Foundation - which grants wishes for terminally ill children and their families - and Claire House, which is an important local charity.

They are charities I have been connected to during my life so to be able to help them and give a little back is something I'm pleased about."

Osman and the rest of the team will face Portuguese giants FC Porto on Sunday, as Evertonians take the opportunity to acknowledge Leon's long-standing service to the Blues.

The testimonial fixture is the only home game for Roberto Martinez's men ahead of the 2014/15 season and will kick off at 4pm on Sunday 3 August.
The 33-year-old is currently joint 16th in the Club's all-time appearance list, alongside Colin Harvey on 388 games in all competitions.

Last season Osman was the only Everton player to feature in every Premier League match.

Roberto Martinez said: Leon Osman's testimonial is an important date in the calendar of every Evertonian.
It is a day to celebrate, to share with Leon and to look back on big moments of him and the Club together.

I'm really looking forward to seeing Leon being shown all the affection and feelings we all have towards him and to thank him for what has been an incredible 10-year period, as well as looking to what's ahead.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at evertonfc.com or in person by visiting the Park End box office, Everton Two, Liverpool One or the TicketQuarter, located in Queen Square.

Adult tickets are 20 (purchased in advance) or 25 (on matchday). Tickets for over 65's and under 16's are 10.

 

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 30/07/2014 at 23:39:52
It's always encouraging to see the players giving something to those less fortunate.

I feel that Ossie realises this, and is just not doing it for any other reason than genuine compassion and consideration.

Trevor Powell
2 Posted 31/07/2014 at 09:29:14
I am glad that real Everton players realise that they are very lucky young men. They get paid handsomely for a job they [and we] would love doing.

Giving something to the community marks them out as real men, not like the birthday cake moaning mercenaries that infect the game!

Well done, Leon [and Tony last year] .....

Eric Holland
3 Posted 31/07/2014 at 09:37:19
I will be there.
And the proceeds going to a great cause.
Well done Leon.
Ciaran Duff
4 Posted 31/07/2014 at 10:20:38
Great gesture and it seems that we do a lot of this type of community stuff. Obviously it is great for the kids, family and staff. I also think that this is actually good for the players themselves and helps keep them in touch with reality and everyday people and life.
Kevin Naylor
5 Posted 01/08/2014 at 18:24:40
Class, and Ossie deserves a great reception on Sunday.

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