Everton in the Community hosted a private dinner at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening in honour of Governor of the Bank of England and EitC Ambassador, Mark Carney.
Mr Carney was visiting Liverpool for the 2017 Bank of England Future Forum as well as calling into schools across the city to discuss the Bank’s role in serving society. Whilst in the North West he also gladly accepted the invitation to pay a visit to Goodison Park to be updated on the works of the Club’s official charity.
Mr Carney, a lifelong fan of Everton Football Club, joined the ambassadorial arm of Everton in the Community in September 2014 in a role that sees him work with charity staff to raise the profile of their work to improve the lives of vulnerable and underprivileged people across Liverpool and beyond.
Hosted by EitC Executive Director Phil Duffy, the Governor was joined at Goodison Park by senior colleagues from the Bank of England and also in attendance at the dinner was Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth, Everton CEO Robert Elstone, Club Ambassador Graeme Sharp, EitC Trustees and senior staff as well as leading academic professionals.
The evening opened with an introduction from Phil Duffy before Mr Carney was invited to say a few words to the room about his role within the Bank of England and how its values reflect those of Everton Football Club and EitC. Between courses, the intimate guestlist heard from a passionate David Unsworth and EitC Executive Chair Denise Barrett-Baxendale about the innovative ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ campaign and how they and the Everton Under-23 squad have been working alongside the charity to develop a supported living initiative to support young people at risk of homelessness.
EitC Fundraising Manager Carena Duffy then updated the room on how the charity plans to celebrate its 30th anniversary in February 2018 before Phil Duffy closed an insightful and informative evening talking about EitC’s plans for the future and the Goodison Legacy project.
Reflecting on the evening, Mr Carney, Governor of the Bank of England said: “By using the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire people, Everton in the Community brings hope and improves the prospects of those most in need in the local community. Such work is literally vital for many recipients and is a testament to a global club's commitment to its most local of roots".
EitC Executive Director Phil Duffy added: “It was a huge pleasure to welcome Mark Carney to Goodison Park to our splendid boardroom for a private dinner along with some of his senior colleagues. We heard from him on the role of the Bank of England and its duty of care towards its communities and to ensure that this country’s finances are properly managed to the benefits of those citizens.
“We were also delighted to hear him talk about education and schools and the need for working with the most disadvantaged within our communities and he was clear that the values of Everton Football Club and Everton in the Community complimented those within the Bank of England and his own personal values. It was a great evening which everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed.”