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An inspirational teenager whose passion for Everton drove her to make a difference in the Walton community was given a festive surprise by Romelu Lukaku when she was named Everton's latest Blue Hero.


Hannah McLellan, of Huyton, spent an afternoon in the company of fellow Evertonians at the Club's Ladies Lunch event, after being led to believe her stepmum had won a pair of tickets on social media site Facebook.


The 16-year-old was entirely unaware that the Blues star in fact knew all about the tireless work she does to improve the lives of others and was ready to surprise her with an early Christmas gift.


Stunning the audience, Romelu told them a Blue Hero was in their midst, before walking to Hannah's table and presenting her with flowers and a pamper day for two.


Hannah said: "It's unbelievable. I didn't expect it at all. He walked over and said you have done so much and you are an inspiration and I couldn't believe Lukaku was saying that to me!


"I just love Everton. I love everything about the Club, especially all the community stuff that they do. I'm just so glad I can be a part of it."


The Belgian striker was delighted to be able to bring some festive cheer as part of the Club's Blue Crimbo campaign.


Rom said: "It was important for me to be here and congratulate Hannah for all the good work that she does and make sure she knows that it is recognised by so many people. She is an inspiration to all of us."


The teenager dedicates hours of her time to helping children learn to read at Gwladys Street School, the closest primary to Goodison Park.


On top of that, she is involved with Christian Action charity and gives up her spare time to help out at St Luke's Church - which is located next to the Blues' stadium - at their special events and on matchdays, often serving cups of tea to home and away supporters.


Reverend Canon Dr Ellen Loudon of St Luke's said: "Hannah is always up for taking on challenges and being part of community life. She's mad on Everton Football Club and being able to combine her interest in the team with volunteering and wanting to do good things is what makes her such an inspiring young person.


"Sometimes the people who make a lot of noise are often those who get the attention but it's nice to offer such an award to the more quiet, thoughtful people and Hannah is certainly one of those."


Dedicating her time to helping others is all par for the course for Hannah but her actions are all the more remarkable as her mum is unwell.


Her stepmum Emma Shields said: "We are so proud of her for everything she does and everything she has achieved. She deserves to be a Blue Hero because of all the volunteering she has done and everything that's happened throughout her life with her mum, who isn't well. It's difficult for her because it's not nice to see someone that you love so much being ill, but we're so proud of the way she copes.


"Everton is her life, she's blue through and through and this surprise will mean so much to her."


Everton's Blue Crimbo campaign has seen the Club embark on a month-long campaign to give back to the local community and reward those who make our region a better place.


There's still more surprises to be delivered, so stay tuned to as we approach the final countdown to Christmas. 



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Its great that special young people like Hannah are appreciated. Well done to her and Everton for their involement
LES, PHUKET, 7:23 AM 19/12/2014

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