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Jamie Carragher, Conor Coady, Trent Alexander-Arnold and a host of football stars and celebrities joined forces last night to raise £292,000 at a youth charity gala.

Money-can’t-buy lots went under the hammer at the Football for Change Gala 2022, which was held in Manchester on Thursday, supported by Mail Online.

In addition to the auction, the big and the good have also made generous donations that are expected to bring the total amount closer to £350,000, helping young people in disadvantaged areas who struggle to access education and work.

Jamie Carragher chairs a new charity Football for Change helping young people

Jamie Carragher chairs a new charity Football for Change helping young people

Despite being the driving forces behind the event, Coady and Alexander-Arnold missed the bash as they are in Italy on duty in England. But they addressed the star-studded audience through a video.

‘We want to help underprivileged children to get support in their lives,’ says Coady. “This is huge.”

Carragher, the chairman of Football for Change, had looted his contact book to bring in the prizes and the guests. The highlight was a VIP trip to the US to meet David Beckham and his Inter Miami team. There was a breakfast with Everton boss Frank Lampard, who sold for £6,000 and a backstage experience at BT Sport, with Steve McManaman, which brought in £10,000.

A VIP backstage pass to the Glastonbury festival to meet Noel Gallagher, who performed that night with his High-Flying Birds band, raised £25,000, and one of the Oasis legend’s autographed guitars went for £30,000.

Noel Gallagher's guitar was auctioned at the Football for Change Gala for £30,000

Noel Gallagher's guitar was auctioned at the Football for Change Gala for £30,000

Noel Gallagher’s guitar was auctioned at the Football for Change Gala for £30,000

“It’s a wonderful event,” said McManaman, the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England winger and now a BT Sport pundit. Sports post. ‘It’s a fantastic one. It’s so busy. It’s very nice, even though the title is Football for Change, it’s very nice to see how many people have come from different activities.’

The charity, supported by the likes of Conor Coady and Trent Alexander-Arnold, is already funding a life-changing project for 40 youth, who have traveled to the US for a sports and education program, a training program for homeless youth, and a new education center. for youth in Bootle.

“It’s a fantastic event,” ex-England and Manchester United midfielder and coach Michael Carrick said. Sports post, last night. “I have a passion for helping young people who are not as fortunate as others, and this is great.

Coleen Rooney and TV host Vernon Kay attended the Football for Change gala

Coleen Rooney and TV host Vernon Kay attended the Football for Change gala

Coleen Rooney and TV host 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 possible.”

Across the country, 711,000 young people aged 16-24 are currently out of education and work, with well-founded fears that the cost of living crisis and economic downturn will make life even more difficult.

Among the 16-17 year olds, the most recent figure for so-called NEETs across the country is 64,720, of whom 1,950 live in the Liverpool metropolitan area. Two hundred of those youths have been identified in Sefton, the area where Carragher grew up