England’s number one Jordan Pickford swapped his football boots for headphones on Wednesday night when he joined Radio City DJ Lee Butler for an incredible ‘Ravin Fit’ workout class in aid of ‘The People’s Place’, Everton in the Community’s ground-breaking mental health campaign.
Over 100 people were in attendance in the sports hall at Everton Free School for a fitness class with a difference when they joined Blues’ goalkeeper Pickford, Club Ambassador Ian Snodin and Everton Ladies players Claudia Walker and Kirstie Levell to #gettheraveon for the Club’s official charity.
Whilst Everton shot stopper Pickford and Snods helped Liverpool Echo DJ of the Year Butler spin the big club classics on the decks, Ladies duo Walker and Levell joined in the extra-special ‘Ravin’ Fit’ workout class.
Speaking after the 60-minute session, Pickford said: “It’s been a great night. There were some bouncing tunes and something like this is fantastic for your fitness and mental health; everyone here left their troubles at the door. Physical activity can help improve your mental health as it helps to take your mind off things if you are having a bad time.”
All money raised from the Ravin’ Fit event will go towards helping Everton in the Community reach its one million pound fundraising target for ‘The People’s Place’ which will see the charity develop, build and maintain a purpose-built mental health facility close to Goodison Park that will become a delivery site for existing programmes and enable signposting to other services.
And speaking about the charity’s mental health focused campaign, Pickford added: “The People’s Place project is brilliant and will be of huge benefit to not only those who have mental health illnesses but to everyone and hopefully we have raised a lot of money tonight. As players, we can do as much as we can to help out and come along to events like this to help put smiles on people’s faces.”
‘The People’s Place’ will provide an overarching service to anyone, regardless of age, gender or location, to promote positive mental health alongside support related to suicide awareness and prevention. The range of the mental health services available will offer clear pathways into Everton in the Community’s programmes and external support all tailored to the individual.
One in four people experience poor mental health each year whilst suicide kills 150 people across Merseyside a year. Mental illness and suicide are significant public health challenges which are more common in more significantly deprived inner-city areas such as L4 where almost the entire ward of Everton falls into the most deprived five percent of neighbourhoods nationally.
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