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JAMIE CARRAGHER'S charity, the 23 Foundation, has spruced up 30 benches in Blundellsands that had fallen to pieces after years of neglect.

Philly Carragher, Jamie's dad, decided to do the benches up after he noticed the memorial bench for his friend, Paul Buckley, was in "shocking" condition.

He said: "I walked around and saw the others were in a bad state and thought it wasn't fair on the people who have passed away, whose families aren't around to maintain them."

After deciding that the 23 Foundation, which was set up in 2009 after Jamie decided he wanted to something to help young people all over the world, could help fix up the benches, the charity paid for dozens of benches to be restored.

Philly added: "The benches are lovely to sit on now. They're lovely and shiny. I'm so proud that we've done it." Mike Lepic, of the 23 Foundation said: "A huge thank you to Philly and his team.

"This was a large undertaking and will benefit so many people in the area."

Philly now wants the community to get involved in maintaining the hard work the Foundation has done.

If anyone would like to get involved in keeping the benches well-looked after over the years, then please get in touch with the 23 Foundation.

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The neglected bench before

Mike Lepic, of the 23 Foundation, and Philly Carragher, take a seat on a spruced-up bench

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 29, 2016
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