Jon Appleton is the newest member of the fundraising team, organising events that are crucial to the work NEAS does.

From dressing up as the Society's mascot, Snowdrop the Hedgehog, to planning the first mass Walk for Acceptance for three years, Jon helped get face-to-face fundraising events going again after lockdown.

Fundraising manager Kevin Meikle said: "Whenever an event is taking place, he will be there ensuring everyone taking part is at ease, with a natural enthusiasm for his role."

Jon is an avid Saint Helens RFC fan, and player Alex Walmsley sent him a special video message, as did ITV sports correspondent Ian Payne, below: