Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has set up his own foundation aimed at providing additional funding for children’s charities across the UK.
The Steven Gerrard Foundation has been created by the Anfield star with the focus of providing relief for children and young people in need throughout the country and the rest of the world.
Gerrard is one of the city’s biggest local heroes and although the foundation will have a national and worldwide remit, the England midfielder is keen for the charity to maintain a local focus in its work.
This vision has been reflected with the choice of two Liverpool-based children’s hospices as the foundation’s first chosen charities. Claire House Children’s Hospice, who provide services for kids who suffer from life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses, and Fairbridge Hospice, who work with disadvantaged children aged 13-25, will be among the first to receive funding.
Gerrard said: “I am delighted to launch this foundation. The money raised will help give thousands of disadvantaged children a brighter future here in the UK and beyond. I am looking forward to working with SGF’s partners and helping make a lasting difference to children’s lives.”
The foundation will work in partnership with the Consortium for Street Children to ensure that the money raised will make a real difference.
Sally Shire, Chief Executive of the CSC, said: “It is fantastic that Steven wishes to support children’s charities in this way. SGF will benefit many children in the future and CSC is thrilled to be working with him in establishing and managing his foundation."
By Nicholas McGee, Sports Editor
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Gerrard visited Liverpool's Claire House Children's Hospice to celebrate the launch of the foundation
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