Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp recently visited Alder Hey Children's Hospital to learn about LFC Foundation's MOVE project, which supports patients who have cystic fibrosis.
The MOVE project uses the power of football and the LFC badge to appeal to young cystic fibrosis patients, encouraging them to partake in plenty of physical activity, which not only improves their quality of life but is critical to increasing the life expectancy of children living with the condition.
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 one of LFC Foundation’s coaches.
During the sessions, the coaches also encourage young people to get involved in plenty of physical activity sessions away from hospital and pinpoint a variety of sports activities taking place in their local community, delivered by the club’s official charity and other community organisations.
“Alder Hey is a fantastic place and I’m always interested to learn about the brilliant work they do,” said Klopp, whose gala dinner on November 19 will raise funds for the MOVE project.
“I was very pleased to hear that the LFC Foundation was working closely with the hospital and will be donating the proceeds of my gala dinner to fund the MOVE project, to support local kids.”
Adam Walsh, physiotherapist in cystic fibrosis at Alder Hey, said: “We can already see the positive effect of the MOVE project.
“Our patients clearly enjoy the activity sessions with the LFC Foundation coaches, which transform their hospital experience by making them much more fun, and aim to improve their long-term health by taking part in more physical activities outside of the hospital.”
Director of philanthropy at Alder Hey Children’s Charity, John Armstrong, said: “We’re delighted that the LFC Foundation is supporting this project at Alder Hey, which will be further supported through the forthcoming gala dinner hosted by Jürgen.”
For more information about LFC Foundation’s MOVE project, or to purchase a ticket for the gala dinner, click here.