Although an Everton fan, Carson was clearly overwhelmed to meet the LFC Manager, who had come to hospital to learn about Cystic Fibrosis and how the MOVE project is helping local kids like Carson.
After having a kick-about in the gym, Jürgen chatted with Carson about the importance of keeping active and joked that he should consider switching football teams.
The MOVE project uses the power of football and the LFC badge to appeal to young Cystic Fibrosis patients; encouraging them to partake in plenty of physical activity, which not only improves their quality of life, but is critical to increasing the life expectancy of children living with the condition.
Every six to eight weeks local kids with Cystic Fibrosis attend regular check-ups at Alder Hey, where they are seen by a team of specialists, including a dietician, physiotherapist, respiratory consultant, nurse specialist and psychologist. They also have their lung function measured to assess their respiratory health. And those enrolled in the MOVE project conclude the check-up with a fun multi-sports session in the Physiotherapy Gym with one of the LFC Foundation’s coaches.
During the sessions, the coaches also encourage young people, like Carson, to get involved in plenty of physical activity sessions outside of hospital and will pinpoint a variety of sports activities taking place in their local community, delivered by the LFC Foundation and other community organisations.
Jürgen’s Gala Dinner on 19th November will raise funds for the MOVE project specifically. He said: “Alder Hey is a fantastic place and I’m always interested to learn about the brilliant work they do. I was very pleased to hear that the LFC Foundation was working closely with the hospital and will be donating the proceeds of my Gala Dinner to fund the MOVE project, to support local kids like Carson.”
Since meeting Jürgen, Carson has started attending one of the LFC Foundation’s weekly Kicks Multi-Sports sessions near to his home, helping to fill up his week with plenty of fun physical activity,
Adam Walsh, Physiotherapist in Cystic Fibrosis at Alder Hey Hospital, said: “We can already see the positive effect of the MOVE project; our patients clearly enjoy the activity sessions with the LFC Foundation coaches, which transform their hospital experience by making them much more fun, and aims to improve their long term health by taking part in more physical activities outside of the hospital.”
Director of philanthropy at Alder Hey Children’s charity John Armstrong said: “We’re delighted that the LFC Foundation is supporting this project at Alder Hey and looking forward to the forthcoming gala dinner hosted by Jürgen.”