Five of Alder Hey’s bravest children are to lift the FA and European Cup on a dream tour of Anfield with Liverpool legend Phil Thompson and tennis ace Goran Ivanisevic.
The special sports tour, scheduled for Thursday 15 June, has been arranged by Northern Vision, organisers of the TFS-ICAP 2006 Liverpool International Tennis Tournament.
After Anfield the children will be chauffer driven to Calderstones Park where they and their parents will be treated to a VIP day at the tournament – which starts today Tuesday 13 June – with full corporate hospitality in the Players Lounge and centre court tickets.
At the end of the day they will be presented with signed tennis memorabilia by Goran Ivanisevic and a drawing kit.
The tour has been arranged as the Alder Hey Imagine Appeal, as well as The Radio Merseyside Charitable Trust, is to be the official 2006 Tournament charity.
The Imagine Appeal will be the primary charity, but Wednesday 14 June will be dedicated to The Radio Merseyside Charitable Trust.
Ivanisevic, a former Wimbledon Champion and 2005 Davis Cup winner, is one of the star attractions at the 2006 Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, which runs from 13th – 18th June.
He will be joined by legends such as Pat Cash, Ilie Nastase and Mansour Bahrami as well as ATP players from America, Argentina, Croatia, Norway and Belgium – inlcudign top seed for the men’s tournament – Xavier Malisse.
Chris Done, Imagine Appeal Manager said, “We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of this prestigious event. It’s a great opportunity to raise vitally needed funds to support the pioneering work of Europe’s largest children’s hospital.
”This special sports day is a great idea to get some of our patients involved who often have to spend a lot of time in hospital – it’s a fantastic treat for them!”
There are a number of activities planned for the week including an auction on Ladies Day, Friday 16th June, where people can win an England shirt personalised by Wayne Rooney.
Anders Borg, Tournament Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Imagine Appeal and supporting the Radio Merseyside Charitable Trust.
”The aim of the tournament is to encourage children to socialise and get involved in sport, so a children’s charity is a natural partner for us.”
Extended to six days to accommodate a new WTA ladies event – the TFS-ICAP 2006 Liverpool International is now the biggest grass court exhibition tournament in England.
Supported by Liverpool city council and Liverpool Culture Company, it is also one of the major events of the city’s European Capital of Culture Sports Strategy.
For further information, full order of play and ticket enquiries, please call 0151 227 5940 or visit www.liverpooltennis.co.uk