Run For Rhys. Murdered Schoolboy Remembered 10years After His Death.

The football club young Rhys Jones idolised supported a new legacy fun run event to celebrate the life of the Liverpool youngster yesteday.

This week marked 10 years since 11-year-old Rhys tragically lost his life on 22 August 2007. A day the city will never forget.

Everton Football Club, which has openly supported the Jones family, is now publicly backing the inaugural Run For Rhys 5K, which took place yesterday (27 August) at Croxteth Hall and Country Park.

Rhys was shot walking home from football training in Croxteth, after innocently being caught in the cross-fire between two rival gangs.

A decade on, the Rhys Jones Community Centre CIC team are keen to create a new positive legacy event in Rhys’ name as part of the centre’s focus to raise aspirations, give hope and strengthen community unity in Croxteth.

Rhys’ parents, Mel and Steve Jones, who live in Croxteth, also supported the special day and joined participants on the start line to take part.

Everton Football Club last week staged its own special tribute to Rhys at Goodison Park, when fans participated in a minute’s applause during the 11th minute of the game when the Blues faced Hajdk Split in the Europe League play-off first leg. Images of the young football fan wearing his beloved Everton shirt appeared on the ground’s large screens during the applause.

First team defender Leighton Baines is supporting Run For Rhys, alongside Everton Football Club Ambassadors Ian Snodin, Graham Stuart and Graeme Sharp.

Everton in the Community volunteers  lent a hand as well as cheering on runners. They were joined by Everton Ambassador Ian Snodin and former manager Joe Royle, who cheered on participants.

Everton Ambassador Ian Snodin commented:

“Everyone at Everton was deeply affected 10 years ago, upon hearing about the passing of Rhys Jones, and it’s a heartbreak which is still felt by the City of Liverpool. The Jones’ will always be part of the Everton family and we’d encourage all football fans to take part in the upcoming fun run. No matter of your age or ability there is a run for you to enter.

“Sport exists for us all to enjoy and, if we can use it to make a difference in the local community and honour Rhys’ memory, then that’s really special.”

As well as the 5K, there was also a 1 mile and 3K fun runs. There is no lower age restriction to encourage families to take part – walk, jog or run.

The Jones family’s heartbreaking story has recently been portrayed through the ITV drama series, Little Boy Blue.

Rhys’ parents Mel and Steve Jones also put on their running shoes to take part – the 3K distance for Mel, and the 5K for husband Steve.

Little Boy Blue actor John McGrellis also represented the Little Boy Blue cast and crew on the day, and took part in the 1 mile fun run.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, also attended. Runners included Merseyside Police officers and firefighters from Merseyside Fire & Rescue.

The Rhys Jones Community Centre CIC are working with Merseyside’s leading independent race event organiser BTR Liverpool to organise and deliver the fun run day.

Fun run registration fees pay to stage and deliver all aspects of the event.

Everyone taking part in the 1 mile, 3K or 5K received a specially designed technical running T-shirt.  All finishers will also receive a commemorative medal.​

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The medals

Run For The 96 2017

The third annual Run For The 96 5K took place today in Liverpool’s Stanley Park, situated between Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium and Everton’s Goodison Park.

The overall aim of Run For The 96 is to remember and celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans, who were unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989. Run For The 96 5K also remembers the families of The 96 and the survivors, who have tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity.

The Race started at 930am, followed by a new 1 mile race at 1115am.  Participants were invited to raise money for charity for Liverpool’s, Liverpool Foundation and Everton’s, Everton In The Community.

Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) Margaret Aspinall has supported and attended Run For The 96 since it was first introduced in 2015. This year Margaret will took part for the very first time.

Margaret will be joined by Liverpool actor Michael Starke, fondly known as TV favourite Sinbad in iconic Channel 4 soap Brookside. Together, Margaret and Michael walked the Stanley Park 5K course. Michael attended Run For The 96 for the first time last year and was keen to get more involved.

Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), commented: “Run For The 96 is a fantastic way to bring the community together in a positive, active way to remember The 96. It is a lovely tribute and a very special legacy. Everyone in Liverpool deserves credit in our fight for justice and I am extremely proud of my city. After cheering everyone on for the last couple of years, I am excited to take part this year and experience the wonderful atmosphere first-hand.”

LFC legend Alan Kennedy returned to run the race again aswell as Liverpool’s Stephen Smith, the boxer, Ex-Emmerdale actor Kurtis Stacey, Milk Tray Man Patrick McBride, original Big Brother Winner Craig Philips, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Deputy Mayor Of Liverpool, Cllr Ann O’Byrne and local personality Speedo Mick.

Reds and Blues stood by side as football club anthems, Liverpool’s You’ll Never Walk Alone and Everton’s Z Cars were played, followed by a minute’s applause to remember The 96.

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96 banner

Liverpool Homeless Games 2017

The Homeless Games took place today at Wavertree Sports Centre.  The Games was officially opened by Deputy Mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne. Games the competitors took part in were, pool, darts, football, badminton, tennis, basketball, quick cricket and mini golf.

The initiative, which was founded in 2009, aims to bring together those who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion, in order to provide a platform that unites them through sport and companionship.

Competitors played regardless of ability or skill.

In partnership with Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool-based retailer Healthy Foods Online, the games will also offer participants and the public with advice on health, education and employment. Using the games as a platform to improve the health and wellbeing of homeless people, to increase their feelings of self-worth and allow them to feel a sense of pride for what they have achieved on the day, both in sport and personal progression.

Organisers of the Olympic Games, Eric Houghton and Steve Barton said:

“The Homeless Games alone cannot make the difference. It is only through working together that we can change lives. We need everyone to play their part, whether you’re a support worker who can champion the Homeless Games within your organisation or and organisation who could support the day.“

With the successful sounds of the Rio Olympics still ringing in our ears, there is little wonder why the 7th Homeless Games is set to be the most exciting and biggest yet.

For pics of Day 1 see link below:-

Group shot before the match started


Day 2 pics:-

Team Wales

Mayor of Wirral Launches New MNDA Garden Of Hope

The Mayor of Wirral Pat Hackett was joined by the Mayoress earlier in officially launching the new MNDA Garden of Hope inside the Walled Gardens area of Royden Park, Wirral.

The Garden of Hope is sponsored by MDNA, Motor Neruone Disease Association.  The Mayor after a short speech, along with the Mayoress and reps from MDNA helped sow seeds in the plot of land.

The Mayor plans to come back when the seeds have grown.

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Mayor of Wirral Pat Hackett and the Mayoress officially opened the new MNDA Garden of Hope inside the Walled Garden of Royden Park, Wirral. He and the mayoress helped sow new seeds on the patch of land.

Posted by James O'Hanlon on Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Wongs the Jewellers Winter Ball

Wongs the Jewellers based in Whitechapel in the heart of Liverpool City Ctr, held a Charity Winter Ball yesterday in the iconic Royal Liver Building in aid of Children’s Hosptial Alder Hey.

Celebrities and business’s gathered in the Venue function suite, where 2 auctions were held and buckets passed around.  Items for auction included signed LFC and EFC shirts, signed Andy Murray racquet, signed albums from the likes of David Bowie, Queen and Led Zeppelin and the more obscure items like a circuit board from Concorde, a small piece of wood from HMS Victory and Roger Bannisters shoe.

Guests included TV Presenter Melanie Sykes, singer and actor Ray Quinn and gymnast Beth Tweddle.  Guests ate their meals and participated in the auction, then were entertained with performance from Ray Quinn, Katy and Paul (BGT) and then the DJ played.

For pictures of the night, please visit the link below:-

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