Tuesday 10 December 2013
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been named as a founding partner of Alder Hey Children's Charity.
The 33-year-old received the honour, the highest available by the charity, after he donated £500,000 to the organisation from his testimonial against Olympiacos in August to buy vital equipment for the Alder Hey Children's hospital. The funds raised by Gerrard's testimonial will be used to buy a brain scanner for the hospital as well as to create a new play area for patients.
"I'm honoured to have been chosen as a founding partner, and an ambassador; it's a charity very close to my heart as it helps so many," Gerrard told the club's website.
"The children are the inspiration and will always continue to be"
"The money we have donated from my foundation [the Steven Gerrard Foundation] was raised during my testimonial earlier this year. So for all those who came along or supported me, it's nice for them to see exactly what their money has been spent on, and know that they too have all helped make this happen."
The Alder Hey Children's Hospital, situated in the West Derby part of Liverpool, is one of Europe's busiest hospitals and cares for over 270,000 patients ever year. The hospital has a close relationship with Liverpool FC, with numerous fundraising events and player visits taking place throughout the year.
The Alder Hey Hospital is planning for a move to a brand-new facility, called Alder Hey in the Park, which will offer a more welcoming and modern environment for young people to receive treatment. In honour of Gerrard's donation, the player's name will be displayed in the reception of the new hospital, which is set to open in October 2014.
"It's a great privilege to be able to be involved with Alder Hey and their charity," Gerrard said. "The work they do is phenomenal and the new build looks set to be even more impressive and maybe a little less daunting visually for the children.
"I've visited Alder Hey on many occasions, and whilst the children and their families are going through such difficult times, you can also see how much work goes into making it as comfortable as possible for them. The children are the inspiration and will always continue to be, even with helping in the design of the new hospital, that's what makes it so special."
Richard Mathias, joint chairman of Alder Hey Children's Charity, said he was "honoured" that Gerrard was an ambassador for the organisation.
"We cannot express our gratitude to him enough for what he has done, and the difference he has made," he said.
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