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Tim's Valentine's Treat

Blues keeper dines with lucky competition winner.

Tim's Valentine's Treat
Tim Howard

Valentine's Day was particularly special for one lucky lady who had the pleasure of a dinner date with Blues’ keeper Tim Howard.

Howard welcomed 21-year-old competition winner Catherine Smith for a special lunch after donating himself as a prize to help raise funds for the Blues’ official charity, Everton in the Community.

Fans were encouraged to donate £10 to be entered into an exclusive online draw to have a Valentine’s Day lunch with Tim - and Blues fan Catherine was picked at random to come and dine with the 32-year-old.

On arrival at Finch Farm, Catherine, who lives in Wavertree, was presented with a ‘Royal Blue bouquet’, before being treated to a fine dining experience across from the US international goalkeeper.

The couple ate a meal prepared by the first-team’s chef and enjoyed some light-hearted conversation.

Tim said: “The meal was great and company was lovely too and I was just happy to support Everton in the Community.

“It’s a great cause and the players are always up for doing things like that as Everton in the Community is special to us as players and as a Club. I loved it.”

Speaking about her prize, Catherine added: “It was great! The food was lovely and Tim is just so nice and really easy to speak to.

“I saw the competition on Everton’s Facebook page and thought even if I didn’t win then the money is going towards a great cause, so I decided to enter.”

Tim took part in this special prize draw to help a group of four Everton employees who are taking on the Inca Trail in May to raise over £35,000 for Everton in the Community.

Chris Clarke, Business Development Manager for Everton in the Community, Clare Archibald, HR Officer, Michael Joliffe, Fan Centre Advisor and Receptionist Deborah Hunter-Frackleton, will trek at high altitudes for five gruelling days from Cusco, deep in the Andes mountains, to the lost city of Machu Picchu.

The Everton employees will be joined on the challenge by Blues fans Mark O’Connor, Nicola Smallbones, Neil MacKenzie and Peter Shields, who is also a matchday blazer steward.

To make a donation to the Inca Trail team, visit www.justgiving.com/IncaTeam or text ‘INCA12’ with the amount you would like to pledge (e.g. £5) to 70070.

For more information about any of the fundraising events or about Everton in the Community, contact Carena Duffy, Fundraising Officer, on 0151 530 5260 or visit www.evertonfc.com/community.

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