Post by Everton News. on Jan 20, 2016 12:06:40 GMT
Everton FC: Amanda Holden announced as honorary patron for club's official charity
Britain's Got Talent star accepts ambassadorial role for Everton in the Community
Everton have announced a new January signing - TV favourite Amanda Holden.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge has accepted an ambassadorial role for Everton in the Community, the club's official charity.
EITC is recognised as one of the UK’s leading sporting charities and regularly acknowledged on both a national and international stage for addressing a range of issues, including dementia – a topic which is close to Amanda’s heart.
And during a recent visit to Liverpool for Britain’s Got Talent auditions, Amanda took time out of her busy filming schedule to visit Goodison and find out more about the charity’s pioneering ‘Pass on the Memories’ programme which supports people living with dementia and their carers.
Amanda’s maternal grandfather, whom she credits for her love of music, lost his battle with dementia in 2007 and since then she has publically campaigned to boost volunteering, education and support for the growing number of people with the condition.
Lifelong Evertonian Holden said: “I’m so proud to take on a role as patron for Everton in the Community which is such a special charity; changing and saving the lives of people all across Merseyside every day. It’s an incredible charity. Everton is my club and there’s an ‘Everton way’ and Everton in the Community embodies the values of Evertonians.
“The ‘Pass on the Memories’ programme is so personal to me because my own grandfather had dementia and we had to watch him slowly turn into a different person and then sadly slip away. By 2020, one million of us will be living with dementia and it is something we need to recognise, embrace and help which is exactly what this programme does.
"Dementia is the cruellest of illnesses and if you can come to something like this it provides a little ray of sunshine in quite a dark place. This programme gives people something to look forward to and also supports loved ones who stay strong by their side and help them live day to day.
"You are never alone when you are a part of Everton in the Community, it very much feels like a family and you are always made to feel welcome.
Ms Holden has taken up her role at Everton in the Community with immediate effect and will use her profile to promote all of the good work the charity undertakes to tackle a host of social issues including health, employability, crime, education, poverty, youth justice and disability.
Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Everton in the Community CEO, added: “We are delighted that Amanda has joined us on the board at Everton in the Community and we look forward to working closely together to raise the profile of our fantastic charity nationally as well as enhancing the work that is done by the charity each and every day.”