Sunday, 14 April 2024
Sunday, 14 April 2024

Football aces hold star-studded fundraiser and raise £350,000

A charity launched by football superstars in partnership with the Communities Foundation For Lancashire and Merseyside has raised more than £350,000 at a star-studded gala.

Football for Change, which is managed by the Communities Foundation, was launched last year by Trent Alexander-Arnold, Everton defender Conor Coady and Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher alongside a host of business leaders.

The initiative aims to support young people facing extreme social and economic challenges by providing life-changing opportunities in education and employment. It has already sent over 40 disadvantaged young people from low-income households on a major sports and education programme to Dallas.

Last week’s fundraising gala was attended by stars including Noel Gallagher, Vernon Kay and Melanie C. Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher who is chairman of Football for Change, spoke to the room about his ambitions for the charity and the pride he has in seeing the movement develop at a rapid pace.

Coleen Rooney, Jason Manford, Samia Longchambon, Tina O’Brien, Brooke Vincent, Angela Rayner MP and Olivia Atwood enjoyed the spectacular event, alongside football names such as Michael Carrick and Steve McManaman. The event was sponsored by Swinton Insurance and was backed by a number of leading businesses including DAM Health, Legacie Developments, Enterprise, Together and Watches of Switzerland.

Jamie Carragher said:

“I am thrilled at the amount raised in just one evening for Football for Change. This money will help change the lives of so many disadvantaged young people. £350,000 is an unbelievable amount!

“It was brilliant of Noel to come and perform for us, as well as Melanie C and Vernon Kay. They were incredible. It really was an unbelievable night and the people who attended are helping make such a change.

“It was a success from start to finish and it does not stop here. Football for Change is growing stronger and will continue to help those who need it most.”

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