An octogenarian Everton Season Ticket Member and her carer husband - both regular Everton in the Community participants - have received a personal phone call from the Club's Chief Executive Officer, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale.
Avid Toffees supporter Edna is currently shielding at home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and being looked after by her husband Bobby, a member of Everton Disabled Supporters’ Association.
Prior to the outbreak, the couple - who watch home games in the recently revamped disabled section at Goodison Park - regularly visited The Blue Base to join in Pass on the Memories, an Everton in the Community programme which supports people living with dementia and their carers. Bobby also attends the charity’s Stand Together programme, an initiative aimed at tackling social isolation among individuals aged over 75 living in the district of Everton.
Professor Barrett-Baxendale telephoned Bobby to check on Edna and offer the Club's support and assistance in any way possible during a period when they will be unable to access their weekly Everton in the Community sessions due to the pandemic.
Bobby told Professor Barrett-Baxendale of their "heartbreaking" isolation and explained how he is keeping active by taking the family dog outside each morning.
Everton and official charity Everton in the Community 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 outbreak.
Professor Barrett-Baxendale 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.