Jags Makes Helen's Day
Jagielka turns up unannounced to hand out a Season Ticket!
Phil Jagielka gave a very special Evertonian the surprise of a lifetime on Thursday when he turned up at her Bootle office with the ultimate gift - a 2013/14 Season Ticket.
The Blues defender showed up unannounced at the Sefton Council offices on Stanley Road to kick off the Club's Make Their Day series, a new initiative which gives supporters the chance to nominate a deserving friend or family member to receive a very special treat.
Helen Larkey, 31, was stunned when Jagielka strolled over to her desk and named her as the first winner after she was nominated by her best friend Ellie for the support she has provided to her family over the past 12 months.
Along with being ‘a rock' for those closest to her after her dad suffered a heart attack and her brother-in-law passed away, Helen has juggled her role as a social worker for the council's fostering service with full-time studying towards a Masters degree and following the Blues home and away.
A Season Ticket holder in the Lower Gwladys, there was no better way to thank Helen for all the support she has offered to her family and friends.
She told evertontv: "I just can't believe it, to have Phil Jagielka standing in front of me was just amazing. It was a total surprise, I was not even aware of the competition at all. We pay all that money to see them play every week and then there's Phil Jagielka standing in front of you.
"You could not ask for anything better really. You support your family and you do not expect anything back, you are there for them and you are the rock for them because you like to see them getting on with their lives and seeing my three-year old nephew growing up and managing without his dad is thanks enough.
"I know that they have said thanks in the past but with things like this I can see how thankful they are for things I have done. It's surprising because I've just done it because they are my family and I am there to support them.
"I am a full-time student and I use my Everton MasterCard to pay off my Season Ticket each month and it's pretty difficult, so to get a Season Ticket to be able to use for next season is just amazing. Everton has a really good reputation for the amount of community work they do, but to actually come out to see their fans, it's just a really nice personal thing to do.
"Phil actually took time out of his day to come and see me, it's just great."
Ellie, who is also a Season Ticket holder in the Lower Gwladys, said: "I nominated Helen because I know she has had a really hard year and she never gets the thanks for it - not that she expects it - but she deserves it. She goes over and above for everybody, she works so hard and I just thought that this might be the cherry on the cake and make her feel better."
Everton legend Graeme Sharp has the unenviable task of sifting through hundreds of entries each week to select the most worthy winner.
He said: "It was a very difficult choice. We had loads and loads of entries and we whittled them down to the last three or four and I think Helen's nomination was one of the best of all the nominations that came in.
"I have more hard decisions in the near future with the other Season Tickets to give out in the coming weeks, so keep sending the nominations in and we'll do our best to pick more worthy Evertonians for this great prize."
There's still time for Evertonians to make someone's day with another four surprises due to take place in the next month. To nominate a supporter, simply visit evertonfc.com/maketheirday to complete the nomination form.
Season Tickets for the 2013/14 campaign are now on sale with the Early Bird window open until midnight on Friday 19 April. Prices start from £427 for adults, £149 for juniors and all kids under 11 just £95.
There are excellent Early Bird offers for current Season Ticket holders, who can enjoy a 25 per cent discount, while the Early Bird period also offers up to a 20 per cent reduction for new Season Ticket holders.
There's also a host of payment options to make it easier and more affordable to cover the cost of your Season Ticket.
Evertonians have until today (Friday 22 March) to spread the cost of their ticket over five monthly Direct Debit payments.
Supporters can also apply for an Everton MasterCard which offers 0% p.a. interest for nine months on the cost of a 2013/14 Season Ticket.