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Blues Visit Alder Hey

Everton make Christmas trip to city's children's hospital.

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Everton's first-team squad paid its annual Christmas visit to Alder Hey Children's Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

The players were accompanied by manager Roberto Martinez as they gave out gifts and passed on their best wishes to patients and their families, some of whom are set to spend the entire festive period on wards.

The world famous Alder Hey cares for around 200,000 children each year and has forged strong links with Everton, who also run numerous activities at the hospital through the Club's charity, Everton in the Community.

Everton at Alder Hey 2013Everton's players line up for a photograph outside the hospital.

Martinez was making his first ever visit to the hospital and said it was vital to spread some much appreciated Christmas cheer.

"Alder Hey is one of the most important hospitals for children around Europe," he said. "We really appreciate their work and it's great for us to be able to bring the players and bring a bit of a smile and happiness to the patients, but also recognise the work that the staff are doing.

"Christmas is always a significant time, so it's great to have that time to share and meet with the fans."

Everton at Alder Hey 2013Kevin Mirallas hands out a gift.

Captain Phil Jagielka was also at the hospital in West Derby for the first time since taking over the skipper's armband in May and said he was proud to lead his players on what is an important day in the Everton calendar.

He said: "It's nice for the players to come to the hospital and try to cheer up a few families. It's not just about the sick children, but their parents and their brothers and sisters who have to go through a lot as well.

Everton at Alder Hey 2013This Blues fan was delighted to meet his hero, Phil Jagielka.

"It's great for them to mix with the boys, have their photos taken, get a few bits signed and it's warming just to see so many laughs and smiles."

After the hospital visit, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas headed to the Everton Two store in Liverpool One for the second of the Club's Christmas signing sessions, while the rest of the squad attended the FOREVERTON junior Christmas party in Goodison Park's Alex Young Suite.

Roberto MartinezEverton manager Roberto Martinez delivers a present to a young Liverpool fan.

There the squad met with around 100 young Evertonians, posing for photos and signing autographs, while there was also a chance for the youngsters to try out EA Sports' FIFA 14.

Andrew AdairIt's humbling to see our guys giving something back and meaning it, you are a credit to our wonderful club, only the best will do.....IMWT

Thursday 19th December 00:26 Report Comment

paul loweThere is much more to life than kicking a ball around, nice to see the human side of the boys. Well done lads and well done the peoples club!

Wednesday 18th December 21:15 Report Comment

Anthony HusseyGet well soon kid's! We're all thinking of you and your families. Well done the Mighty Blues for bringing a little cheer.

Wednesday 18th December 21:13 Report Comment

john strachanSo proud to be a blue when reading these stories, keep it up boys! Well done.

Wednesday 18th December 20:36 Report Comment

Colin HodsonGreat service to kids + their families who really matter - COYB the PEOPLE's CLUB !!

Wednesday 18th December 01:39 Report Comment

Paul PownallProud to be an Evertonian, especially at times like this. Well done

Wednesday 18th December 01:01 Report Comment

Linda Haywardwhat a fantastic club we are, feet firmly on the ground and on the same wavelength as the fans- well done blues

Tuesday 17th December 20:56 Report Comment

gary bonniciAs EVER you have brought a TON of happiness for the kids at Christmas, Well done Boys

Tuesday 17th December 18:34 Report Comment
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