Fans’ Forum member Ruth Eardley will be having an extended stay in London this weekend following Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final as she takes on the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April in aid of Everton in the Community.
An established runner, 25-year-old Ruth joined the Fans’ Forum in 2012 and has since undertaken both the Chester Marathon and Liverpool Half Marathon to raise funds for the Club’s official charity after finding out more about the breadth and diversity of the programmes that EITC delivers.
Despite a few injury worries along the way, Ruth is ready to take on the 26.2mile marathon route throughout the city of London on Sunday in support of the Blues’ charitable arm.
“I decided to run for Everton in the Community to raise awareness of an absolutely fantastic charity," she explained. "It is still a fairly small and local charity that helps local and disadvantaged people and they need the help and support of fundraisers like me to be able to carry on the amazing projects that the staff and volunteers have worked so hard to put in place.
“After joining the Fans’ Forum I have learnt a lot more about the work of EITC. Recently the Forum has worked with the charity to put on events for local disadvantaged children, including Christmas and Easter parties. Going forward, as a Forum, we hope to continue to work with the charity and help with more events.
“Everton in the Community runs so many ground-breaking programmes but the ones that are most personal to me are Pass on the Memories and Knowsley Veterans Hub which supports ex-military personnel. There are sometimes people who get forgotten about, or are too scared or embarrassed to ask for support, and I think it’s really important that these people get the help that they need.”
To support Ruth’s fundraising mission visit www.justgiving.com/ruthefc.