Staff and children at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital were joined by 10 time Paralympic Gold Medallist Lee Pearson CBE and the team from The Liverpool International Horse Show, to announce the new fund-raising partnership between the two organisations.

The team behind the inaugural show, taking place at the Echo Arena on the city’s waterfront from January 1-3, 2016, have provided 500 complimentary tickets children being cared for at Alder Hey along with their families.

Pearson, who has achieved 35 career gold medals at European, World and Paralympic level and is hoping to represent Great Britain at next year’s Paralympics in Rio said: “I am delighted to join Nina Barbour organiser of the first ever Liverpool Horse Show to help support and raise awareness of the Alder Hey Children’s Charity. It is so important to highlight the incredible work of this charity and the truly amazing staff at Alder Hey who care for these very brave and poorly children. ”

The Liverpool International Horse Show takes place at the Echo Arena on January 1-3, 2016

This event is the newest international sporting event to be held in Liverpool and is set to draw crowds of more than 30,000 to the arena at the city’s iconic waterfront. Visitors to Liverpool will be able to enjoy three days of live music, food, fashion and family entertainment taking place around an unforgettable showcase of world-class show jumping action in the main arena.

Show president Nina Barbour, said: “We have been so impressed by the energy and hard work of the Alder Hey team and feel privileged to be working with the charity. We hope to offer the families an unforgettable experience at the arena with an action-packed schedule of family entertainment in this fantastic city. As a team we will do everything we can before and during the show to help Alder Hey to raise awareness of their work and to generate much needed donations for these inspiring children.”

Chief executive of Alder Hey charity Clare White said: “We are really proud to announce our partnership with The Liverpool International Horse Show.

“We would like to thank them for the complimentary tickets for the show and I am sure the children from Alder Hey will have a day they will always remember. The show will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Liverpool and also the amazing work that goes on here at our brand new state of the art hospital and to help raise much needed donations for our charity.”