Ossie Spreads Some Christmas Cheer
Midfielder hands out gifts at annual OLLY party.
Everton star Leon Osman made a guest appearance at a very special party at Goodison Park this week to deliver some early Christmas presents.
The midfielder joined in the festivities at the ‘Our Lost Love Years’ (OLLY) Christmas Party, which was hosted by Everton in the Community for children who have been affected by crime.
Leon joined in with the party games before handing out toys and gifts to all the children, which were kindly donated by staff and volunteers of Everton Football Club.
OLLY is a charity under the umbrella of Families Fighting for Justice, which helps children who have been affected by violent crime or who are coming to terms with a bereavement caused by crime.
Osman, who was happy to join the party and bring a smile to the faces of the children, said: “It’s that time of year when everyone gives gifts and helps other people to celebrate Christmas. Everton in the Community have put on a great occasion for OLLY and I am delighted to be able to support it.
“It’s great to be able to give something back. For most of the season we concentrate on football but at this time of year especially the players try to do a bit extra to give back to the community."
Everton in the Community delivers the Club's external charities strategy, known as Everton Giving, across Merseyside.
As part of that work, each year the charity organises the donation of merchandise and signed memorabilia to help in excess of 1,500 local charities raise vital funds.
Jean Taylor, founder of Families Fighting for Justice and OLLY, was delighted to have our support for the third consecutive year and said: “I’d like to say a big thank you for everything that Everton in the Community has done.
"Also, on behalf of the children, I would like to say thanks to Leon for coming along to the party and making it a really special occasion.
"By simply attending, he made such a difference to the children. It helps them to forget about their circumstances, even just for a couple of hours.”
To find out more about Everton in the Community and their work, click here.