Everton's Steven Naismith launches initiative for armed forces

Everton's Steven Naismith launches an initiative providing starter packs to injured soldiers looking to return to work.

Everton midfielder Steven Naismith has launched a new initiative giving starter packs to injured members of the armed forces looking to return to work.

The Scotsman has revealed that he came up with the idea when he received a letter from a serving soldier wishing him a swift recovery from an injury he suffered while playing for Rangers.

"I wanted to do something to recognise the courage shown by our armed forces on a daily basis," Naismith told the Daily Record. "It all started when I received a letter sent to Murray Park during my time at Rangers.

"I was two months into my rehabilitation after receiving a serious knee injury against Aberdeen at Pittodrie. A young soldier had taken the trouble to write to me wishing me all the best and a speedy recovery."

The initiative, which is off the ground thanks to donations from Naismith's own pocket, aims to help soldiers looking to return to employment.

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