Merseyside football legends Alan Kennedy and Graham Stuart have put their allegiances to one side to support a new community running event to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy. The pair officially backed the launch of Run For The 96 5K, scheduled for Sunday 19 April.
Alan and Graham’s support follows the recent announcement that the official charity partners for Run For The 96 5K are the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community. The fun run has the support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
The event encourages participants to walk, jog or run as they remember the fans lost, their families and the survivors. The route takes in Stanley Park, with Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium and Everton’s Goodison Park home grounds as the backdrop.
Kennedy, who played for Liverpool from 1978 to 1985, made 359 club appearances, scoring 20 goals and winning two international caps for England. The ex-player commented: “I am delighted to be a part of Run For The 96. It promises to be a fantastic event and will help to raise funds for Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community, which will enable them to continue providing opportunities for young people and adults throughout the city. I am looking forward to seeing the red and blue runners coming together to show their support.”
Graham Stuart was similarly delighted to lend his support, adding: “I feel extremely privileged to be able to represent Everton at the inaugural Run For The 96 5K. I am sure it will be a fantastic event which hopefully the whole city will get behind, both red and blue, as we unite to raise money for our two great charities.”
Participants are invited to fundraise for the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community, the charitable arms of the city’s two football clubs to enable them to continue their fantastic work across Merseyside. This is a key part of the event’s commitment to ensuring that local communities benefit from the legacy run. All funds donated or raised will be split equally between the two charities.
More information is available here.