The Mayors Hope Fund - January 2014

Liverbird sculpture by Emma Rodgers signed by current Liverpool FC

LFC Stars Sign New Liver Deal. Liverpool Football Club stars Stephen Gerard and Luis Suarez have led the charge into a new charity partnership with internationally reknowned sculptor, Emma Rodgers.

Emma , whose work is held in prestigious collections around the world, gifted her interpretation of a Liver Bird to the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson who put it up for auction on Twitter earlier this week. Hoping to raise money for his Mayor Hope Fund, the elegant new Liver Bird is already caused a stir in the birds’ home city.

It’s wings are cleverly constructed as football scarves which have embedded some of Bill Shankly’s most famous remarks. An homage to LFC as well as the historic emblem of Liverpool, reds fans have taken it to heart after pictures of the porcelain piece appeared in the Liverpool Echo and on The Mayor’s website.

Reds players are so impressed by the new statue that, Gerard,Suarez and teammates Daniel Arga, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson along with manager Brendan Rodgers( no relation), all signed the base of the statue. And the club itself has given the new bird the rare honour of its seal of approval by allowing it to bear the official LFC hologram.

They hope their endorsement of the Red Liver Bird will raise further interest and increase the amount the already valuable piece will raise on the auction which closes at 9pm tomorrow (Saturday) night. “I can’t believe that so many Reds players have been so kind and come together so quickly to support the auction of the new statue,” said Emma, herself a Merseyside native. “It was a unique piece anyway and I was delighted that Joe wanted to auction it to raise funds for his charity, but I hadn’t expected it to capture the public imagination so quickly.”

Such is the momentum gathering around the new bird, that Everton fans are clamouring for fair play. Prominent Blues fann, BBC Radio Merseyside’s Sean Styles spearheaded the call for a Blues’ version when he interviewed Emma yesterday morning “Can we expect a bit of balance Emma? Will you be making one for us Blues too?” She promised to raise it with the Mayor. But as he is a Blue himself no objections are expected and Liverpool can anticipate the delivery of a twin Blue Liver Bird later this year.

To take part in the twitter auction or see further images of the new Liver Bird bird go to https://twitter.com/mayorshopefund and use the hashtag #HopeFundAuction to bid.

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