Countdown To 25 Years

Thereis just one dayto go before Everton in the Community celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The Blues’ official charity was established on 1 February, 1988, and over the last 25 years has grown to be one of the most well-respected and pioneering sporting charities in the UK. It has been at the forefront of its game, challenging health and social issues, including anti-social behaviour, disability, mental health and education.

This landmark birthday will be celebrated at the Blues’ home fixture against Aston Villa on Saturday 2 February, which has been dedicated to the charity.

Ahead of kick-off, the Everton in the Community will be hosting a raft of activity to thank fans for their continued support which has enabled the charity to grow and become a vital part of the local community.

The fun starts from 1pm at the outside Everton Road Show and will feature music, games, giveaways, face painting plus appearances from special guests to wish the charity a very happy birthday.

Speaking about the 25th anniversary Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive of Everton in the Community, said: “Everyone associated with Everton in the Community is so excited to be celebrating 25 years of such an important organisation for both the local community and Club.

“The pre-match activities ahead of our fixture against Aston Villa will be an opportunity for us to celebrate this landmark birthday with our biggest fans – Evertonians – and thank them for their support and generosity over the last quarter-century. Without them we would not be here today.

“I am sure they are as proud as I am of the work and dedication the staff of the charity deliver on a daily basis to help the most vulnerable and underprivileged people in our community improve their lives in some way. Be that by getting involved in sport, achieving qualifications or by finding employment, the charity really is a lifeline for the local community.”

Earlier this season Everton in the Community launched an ambitious fundraising campaign to mark the anniversary and are inviting all Evertonians to help raise 1million to help it in its mission to support even more vulnerable and underprivileged people on Merseyside for the next 25 years – and beyond.

Everton in the Community is asking 40,000 supporters, the capacity of Goodison Park, to raise just 25 each to help achieve a target of 1million.

To help supporters get involved, Everton in the Community has devised 25 easy ways to raise 25, which range from a sponsored walk to abseiling down Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral to attending one of the charity’s special events. For more information click here.

Make sure you don’t miss this historic occasion on Saturday 2 February, when Everton take on Aston Villa and celebrates 25 years of Everton in the Community at Goodison Park. To buy tickets click here.