Blues Quartet Visit Alder Hey

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Four of Everton and England’s rising stars paid a special Christmas visit to the Oncology Unit at Alder Hey Children's Hospital as part of the Club’s 2017 Blue Crimbo campaign .

Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman joined in the Blue Crimbo festivities, meeting David, an avid Evertonian, on the Teenage Oncology Ward. 

Alder Hey have a dedicated teenage and young adult oncology unit at the hospital, a place where David and thousands of other teenagers have spent a lot of time receiving treatment for cancer. 

The facility is also home to a unique social space, where the youngsters can spend time when they are going through some of their toughest moments, which includes a home cinema, pool table and jukebox.

The quartet of Everton stars, who are all similar ages to those recieving treatment on the ward, met David along with other patients in the social space where they spent time chatting, playing music, Jenga, FIFA, and even a few games of pool - which saw David partner Tom Davies and come out on top. 

Under-20 World Cup winner Kenny spoke to EvertonTV during the visit and said: "It's been great coming down and seeing some of the patients, just being able to put a smile on their faces, it's only an hour out of our day to come down and break up a long day or week for them. 

"Coming here makes you understand how lucky you are, it especially hits home when some of these kids are similar ages to us, the kids here are brilliant as are the staff helping them get better." 

Teenage patient at Alder Hey and Evertonian David, spoke to the four Everton players about his time at Alder Hey: "It means so much to me this place, they've saved my life really haven't they? Without them doing what they do for people like me, I wouldn't be here.

"Some days are better than others, some days you can be a bit depressed and then other days you can feel better in yourself but you get through each day with the help of your family, the staff here and having days like today."

Alder Hey Children's Hospital cares for over 270,000 children, young people and their families every year whilst also leading research into children's medicine, infections and oncology.

The local hospital continues to have a strong relationship with Everton and the Club's official charity, Everton in the Community - who work in the hospital five days a week, and the staff and patients are definitely a part of the Blue Family.

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