Naismith's Festive Gift
Steven Naismith has once again sponsored a Christmas lunch for The Whitechapel Centre, an organisation that helps Liverpool’s homeless.
The charity supports those without a fixed place of residence and Everton forward Naismith was delighted to sponsor their Christmas Day meal for a second year running.
Everton's main club sponsor and partner, Chang, also got involved in the initiative again by donating scarves, hats, blankets and other items of warm clothing for the service users.
Naismith said: “I am now in my second season with Everton and now feel very much part of the Liverpool community.
“In sponsoring the lunch, I want to give something back to those less fortunate in the city. I feel a very lucky person to be a professional footballer in one of the best teams in the country. I am also aware that there are some in the city who face many challenges in life.
“I find the work done by the Whitechapel Centre team very humbling and I am delighted to sponsor the Christmas lunch following the success of last year’s event.
“The Centre’s ‘No Second Night Out Campaign’ is wonderful, where they aim to get every homeless person who walks through their doors a bed so there is no second night on the streets. I have had the pleasure of supporting a similar charity to this in Glasgow for the last couple of years called Loaves and Fishes and I wanted to bring a little Christmas cheer to my adopted city.”
David Carter, Chief Executive Officer of the Whitechapel Centre said: “We would like to thank Steven for again sponsoring this Christmas dinner. In addition to the money, which is very much needed and welcome, there is the other benefit of the awareness of the work done here, that a player of Steven’s profile can bring to the needs of the people who sleep each night on the streets of Liverpool.
“It is also important for people who have often become separated from their families to know that there are people out there who care and want to help. That is particularly important at this time of year.”
For more information on the work that The Whitechapel Centre do, or to make a donation, visit http://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk.