Jamie Carragher, Conor Coady, Trent Alexander-Arnold and a host of football stars and celebrities joined forces to raise £292,000 at a charity gala to help young people last night.
Money can’t buy lots went under the hammer at the Football for Change Gala 2022, held in Manchester on Thursday, which was supported by the Mail Online.
As well as the auction, the great and the good have also made generous donations which are expected to reach a total of £350,000, which will support young people in deprived areas struggling to access education and employment.
Jamie Carragher is chairman of a new charity Football for Change which helps young people
Despite being driving forces behind the event, Coady and Alexander-Arnold missed the bash as they are away in Italy on England duty. But they addressed the star-studded audience through a video.
“We want to help kids who might be disadvantaged get some support in their lives,” Coady said. “This is huge.”
Carragher, the chairman of Football for Change, had raided his contact book to bring the awards and guests. The top prize was a VIP trip to the US to meet David Beckham and his Inter Miami team. There was breakfast with Everton boss Frank Lampard, which sold for £6,000, and a behind-the-scenes BT Sport experience with Steve McManaman, which cost £10,000.
A VIP backstage pass at Glastonbury festival to meet Noel Gallagher, who played with High-Flying Birds on the night, fetched £25,000 and one of the Oasis legend’s signed guitars went for £30,000.
Noel Gallagher’s guitar auctioned at Football for Change Gala for £30,000
“It’s a great event,” said McManaman, the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England winger and now a BT Sport pundit. Sportsmail. “It’s fantastic. He is so busy. It’s really nice, even though the title is Football for Change, the number of people who have come forward from different activities is really good to see.”
The charity, which is backed by Conor Coady and Trent Alexander-Arnold among many others, is already funding a life-changing project for 40 young people, who traveled to the US for a sports and education programme, a training program for homeless youth. , and a new youth education hub in Bootle.
“It’s a fantastic event,” said former England and Manchester United midfielder and manager Michael Carrick. Sportsmail, the night before. “I’m passionate about helping young people who aren’t as fortunate as others and that’s amazing.
Coleen Rooney and TV presenter Vernon Kay attended the Football for Change gala
“You have to try to support events like this, it’s so important that we do that because times are getting tough for people, it’s important that we try to stick together and help people as much as we can.”
Across the country, 711,000 16 to 24-year-olds are currently out of education and employment, with well-founded fears that the cost of living crisis and economic downturn are set to make life even harder.
Among 16-17-year-olds, the latest figure for so-called NEETs nationally is 64,720, of which 1,950 live in the Liverpool city region. Two hundred of these youngsters have been identified in Sefton, the area where Carragher grew up