We are entering the festive season and, in short order, the run of holidays will be upon us. In America, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week which usually marks the sweet space of long breaks, brisk weather, good food, and, hopefully, good friends and family to share it all with.
As such, it’s pretty appropriate for us to remember the people who are currently convalescing and perhaps aren’t going to be able to be gathered around our tables this season. In that way, Liverpool Academy players have made visits over the past two weeks to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in West Derby to provide some cheer for the young people currently bound in the hospital.
Last week, Curtis Jones was part of a group and this week brings Harvey Elliott in a delegation that includes Scouser Abdi Sharif and young center back Sepp van den Berg. The lads made sure to visit with the children and brighten their spirits.
These visits are an important part of Liverpool’s efforts in maintaining close ties to the local community. Liverpool FC players making it to Alder Hey is also a long tradition that the club continues to practice and my understanding is that it is a regular appointment. Meaning that this isn’t just something for holiday PR, which is definitely a good thing.
Sharif commented on the importance of these visits to the official site:
“It’s always good to see the kids and hopefully put smiles on their faces. A few of them had been in the hospital for quite a while so it’s nice to give them some time and give them a little different day. I’ve been to Alder Hey a few times now with the Academy and it’s always good to go back, especially being a local lad myself.”
Here’s hoping that the club continues to broaden its work in the public sphere with good projects that well and truly uplift the surrounding community.