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by Suzie Parker @Everton

Everton in the Community have announced the recruitment of three new charity ambassadors.

The Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Joe Anderson, Merseyside’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, and former Tesco Chief Executive Officer, Sir Terry Leahy, have all been confirmed as ambassadors for the Blues’ official charity.

The trio will use their influence and skills to help Everton in the Community raise the profile of the charity’s award-winning initiatives, which support the most underprivileged and vulnerable people across Merseyside.

Speaking about his appointment, Joe Anderson said: “I was delighted to be asked to be an ambassador for Everton in the Community, an effective, compassionate and award-winning charity. I look forward to promoting the invaluable work they do, helping them build on their undoubted successes so far.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy said: “I am honoured to be invited to become an Everton in the Community ambassador. I have been very encouraged and inspired by the commitment that Everton Football Club gives to this role. I am very happy to endorse it.”

Sir Terry Leahy added: “I am happy to support the serious and far-reaching contribution which Everton in the Community is making.”

The three ambassadorial appointments come as Everton in the Community approaches its 25th anniversary.

To celebrate the occasion, the charity is inviting all Evertonians to be part of an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £1million.

Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive Officer of Everton in the Community, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome Joe, Jane and Sir Terry on board, especially in what is such a special year for Everton in the Community.

“They bring with them a wealth of experience and talent, which will help us as a charity to develop and move forward for the benefit of the people we serve.”

Everton in the Community was established on 1 February 1988 and over the last 25 years has grown to be one of the most well-respected and pioneering sporting charities in the UK.

It has been at the forefront of its game, challenging health and social issues such as anti-social behaviour, disability, mental health and education.

To reach its ambitious fundraising target, the charity is asking 40,000 supporters, the capacity of Goodison Park, to raise just £25 each.

For more information about Everton in the Community and how you can help, click here.

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