In 2009 Jamie Carragher, the Vice Captain of Liverpool Football Club, was sat down one day thinking to himself: “What can I do to help the youth of Merseyside in Sport, How can my family and I make a difference in our City?” Jamie Carragher decided the following:
“I have really enjoyed my career to date at Liverpool Football Club and it is now time to do more and more for Charity in the Merseyside area. But how can I help? First of all along with my family and friends we decided to donate all the proceeds from my Testomonial year to Charity. Then after a great deal of consideration I decided that was not enough because I wanted to set up something that would last a lifetime and that is why the 23 Foundation was formed.”
Jamie Carragher and his wife Nicola kindly decided to donate all the proceeds from Jamie’s Testimonial Game, Gala Black Tie Dinner and Charity Golf Day to the 23 Foundation which offered a huge financial foundation for the charity. With many other initiatives and events running in parallel at the conception stage of the 23 Foundation the initial capital was raised to give the charity a stable financial foundation.
Jamie Carragher explains: “With an initial amount of around £1million, the plan was to use the interest gained to pump £100,000 a year back into the community to assist those in need. We will also supplement those funds on a monthly basis with profits made from sales, events and donations.“
All net profits made from the events and activities will be donated to the 23 Foundation, administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, registered charity number 1068887
The 23 Foundation has already had lots and lots of enquiries from organisations and people asking for money & support because they genuinely need help! Jamie Carragher has decided that the 23 Foundation will help people on a case by case basis by donating financial assistance, or signed memorabilia, and which can then be auctioned off to raise funds.
Jamie Carragher explains: “The 23 Foundation aims to give local kids in not only in Merseyside, but throughout the UK and Globally in many cases, a chance to achieve their dreams through local charities, clubs and community initiatives by providing the means to make a difference. Whether it be helping them recover from illness or helping to provide a framework for achieving their goals! We will support chosen initiatives and requests by donating memorabilia, offering financial support or helping however we feel necessary to benefit the individuals or organisations”
Voluntary sector and community groups will be invited to apply for grants from the 23 Foundation via the Community Foundation for Merseyside and details on the application process are available by contacting us or by visiting the Community Foundation’s website. If you are fundraising for a worthy cause and would like to apply for support from the 23 Foundation please contact us via our contact page.
& This support continues to happen daily guaranteeing the 23 Foundation continues to make a difference!