Carlo Ancelotti has made a personal call to a passionate Evertonian as part of the Club’s Blue Family campaign.
Policeman Mark, 52, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease [MND] 12 months ago and is currently self-isolating as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak.
He was stunned to pick up his phone to discover Everton manager Ancelotti on the line asking how the Club could help him and wife Laura and their four children during an incredibly challenging and uncertain period.
And despite the Blues boss' request to call him Carlo, Mark admitted his respect for the Italian meant he had to be addressed as Mr Ancelotti!
Watch Mark's chat with Ancelotti by clicking the video below or via our official YouTube channel.
Everton inevitably dominated conversation – although the pair swapped Netflix recommendations – and Mark told Ancelotti about his favourite night at Goodison Park and wish to be back at his 'second home' when the coronavirus crisis has abated.
Mark was in Rotterdam 35 years ago to watch Everton beat Rapid Vienna and lift the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
A decade later he was at Wembley to see Paul Rideout’s goal defeat Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
Mark, a serving police officer for more than 25 years, talked about those two special occasions and told Italian Ancelotti about his day at Goodison as a guest of the Club following his diagnosis last year for MND, a condition which affects the brain and nerves.
Mark uses a wheelchair and his family and friends are raising money to adapt his home. Any additional funds will be donated to the charity Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Contribute to the fundraising effort here.
Everton and official charity Everton in the Community (EITC) launched their ‘Blue Family’, campaign last week to maintain contact with fans and provide support and assistance to the most vulnerable, socially isolated and ‘at risk’ members of society across Liverpool – and beyond – in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ancelotti is the latest high-profile figure from the Club to join the Everton Fan Centre’s drive to remain in personal touch with Season Ticket Members and EitC participants, prioritising the elderly and isolated.
Blue Family has also seen the Club and charity introduce a referral form enabling fans and the wider public to refer people they believe might need a friendly voice to speak to at this difficult time.