Everton in the Community is currently working on a wide range of fundraising activities to help bring the Club’s official charity closer to its £1million fundraising goal for The People’s Place.
There will be a whole host of different activities and events suitable for fans and their families to get involved in and help play a part in bringing this increasingly important mental health facility to life.
Why not take part in the first ever Everton-themed ‘If You Know Your History’ 5K with BTR Liverpool on Sunday 13 October and run, walk or crawl your way through 141 years of Everton Football Club’s history while raising funds for the campaign?
Or perhaps you might be interested in becoming a permanent part of The People’s Place by purchasing an engraved brick for a commemorative walkway at the facility?
More detailed information about forthcoming events will be released over the next few weeks, including the return of Everton in the Community’s popular hugathon, as well as a charity calendar with a difference!
Everton in the Community has recently hit £350,000 of its £1million fundraising target. The money raised will help the charity build and develop a permanent mental health facility in the shadows of Goodison Park.
Since its launch at the start of the 2018/19 season, The People’s Place campaign has received the full backing of the Football Club, as well a number of first-team stars, including Jordan Pickford, who joined in a Ravin’ Fit workout class, and Andre Gomes, the hero behind our first hugathon.
The full first-team squad and backroom staff attended a glittering Gala Ball at the Titanic Hotel in February in aid of the campaign, raising more than £60,000 on the night through player auctions, raffles and a silent auction.
And, in June, 23 cyclists braved ‘The Speed Cycle’ in memory of former Everton midfielder Gary Speed and pedalled 230 miles to all of his former clubs to raise funds and awareness for ‘The People’s Place’.
Thanks to individual fundraising challenges and events organised by fans – including Everton’s Fan of the Year Alfie -and with support from the Club’s Principal Partner SportPesa, who donated £42,000 through its 2018/19 ‘Goals That Give’ initiative, The People’s Place is closer to becoming a reality. However, Everton in the Community still needs your support to bring it to Liverpool 4 as soon as possible.
Poor mental health is an increasing and challenging issue within our society. Suicide kills 150 people across Merseyside each year, and the need for The People’s Place is greater than ever.
Almost the entire ward of Everton falls into the most deprived five per cent of neighbourhoods nationally, and statistics show mental illness and suicide are more common in significantly deprived inner-city areas.
The People’s Place will provide an overarching service to anyone, regardless of age, gender or location, and promote positive mental health, alongside offering support related to suicide awareness and prevention.
For more information on The People’s Place or to make a donation, click here.