Medicash are the latest inductee into club charity’s Community First 11 campaign.
The end of July saw Everton in the Community induct its seventh member into its Community First 11 campaign when Medicash was recognised for its continued support and outstanding contribution to the club’s official charity.
The Community First 11 campaign sees 11 individuals or organisations recognised for their unwavering support of Everton in the Community for the last five years or more and December will see Goodison Park bring all Community Champions together for a celebration dinner.
These 11 people and/or organisations have been selected by the charity’s management team for having the vision to improve the community and the determination, creativity and ingenuity to make a difference.
Medicash CEO Sue Weir was present at Goodison Park for a meeting with charity chief Denise Barrett-Baxendale when she was surprised mid conversation by Everton Ambassador Graeme Sharp, disability manager Steve Johnson and disability coach John Hughes, who were delighted to announce that the leading Liverpool-based health insurer is the latest inductee into the charity’s Community 11.
Medicash have sponsored Everton’s powered wheelchair football team since January 2013 and their financial support provides disabled players with the opportunity to participate in regular, competitive fixtures. The sponsorship has enabled the charity to extend its sporting provision for disabled children across Merseyside, removing the traditional banners which stop disabled people from participating in sport.
Speaking after being recognised as a Community First 11 champion, Medicash CEO Sue Weir said: “It has been a joy for us at Medicash to be involved with sponsoring the powered wheelchair team and it is always fantastic to hear how well the team are doing and long may our relationship continue.”
When asked why Medicash were worthy community champions, Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “Thanks to the continued financial support of Medicash, we have been able to open up the world of football to wheelchair users throughout the region. Without donors and supporters like Medicash, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do within our community.”
Steve Johnson, Everton in the Community disability manager, added: “The difference we have been able to make to the lives of our disabled participants has been huge; they’ve seen an increase in self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth and the social interaction opportunities they have now are fantastic and the lads can’t thank you enough.
“On behalf of myself and my team, we just wanted to say thank you to Medicash for their continued support.”
The 2014/15 season saw the Everton Medicash powered wheelchair team finish the WFA National League Championship Division in second place and have been promoted to the Premiership for the new upcoming season.
For more information on Everton in the Community visit http://community.evertonfc.com/