Liverpool Football Club and Rainhill High School this week paid tribute to Anthony Walker for Anthony Walker Day 2017.
The Anthony Walker Foundation was established after Anthony’s tragic death in 2005. Rainhill High School have a 10-year partnership with the charity supporting the foundation annually.
Every year the school remembers the lives of Anthony and Sophie Lancaster, who both sadly died after a terrible hate crime.
Gee Walker, Anthony’s mother, was guest of honour at the event which celebrated diversity in and out of school. Liverpool Ladies duo Jess Clarke and Kate Longhurst were also in attendance to offer their support.
In addition, pupils were given the opportunity to purchase a balloon in memory of victims, writing a message of hope on the balloon against hate crime. All money raised was donated to the Anthony Walker Foundation and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
Reds midfielder Longhurst said: “It was a real honour for myself and Jess to have been invited to Rainhill High School to pay tribute to Anthony.
“It was a fantastic event which was not only one of remembrance but also celebrated the positive impact Anthony had on those in the local community. It was also a privilege to meet Gee Walker who is an inspirational woman helping to prevent hate discrimination in society.”