LFC Foundation expressed its thanks to the LFC family and to Liverpool FC Manager and LFC Foundation Ambassador, Jürgen Klopp, for giving time to support the fundraiser - with monies raised going to LFC Foundation’s MOVE project at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
The project specifically supports Alder Hey patients who have Cystic Fibrosis. The power of football and the LFC badge are used to encourage them to partake in plenty of physical activity, which is critical to improving the quality of life and increasing the life expectancy of children living with the condition.
Jürgen recently visited Alder Hey to learn about the MOVE project; meeting one the patients, Carson Kehoe (13) and Physiotherapist in Cystic Fibrosis, Adam Walsh; who were both guests at the lavish event in Liverpool Cathedral.
Guests were welcomed into the stunning venue by Dean of Liverpool, Dr. Sue Jones, and enjoyed sounds from the ‘Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir’ which included a heart-warming rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.
Guests watched from their tables as a montage of Jürgen’s best moments were projected onto the big screen, before the evening’s compere, Peter McDowell, introduced Jürgen onto the stage.
The captivated audience watched on as they chatted about Jürgen’s career and ambitions for Liverpool FC, and he answered questions from fans in the audience, about both his personal and professional life.
Interim Head of LFC Foundation, Jenny Stewart, said: “This is an astounding amount to raise in just one evening; we are overwhelmed and immensely grateful to all who attended and made contributions. The £50,000 raised will ensure that plenty more local children with cystic fibrosis can participate in the MOVE project, which is already having excellent results.”
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 an LFC Foundation coach.
During the sessions, coaches also encourage young people, 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.
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 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.”
For more information about LFC Foundation and the MOVE project, visit here...