Jamie Carragher and family chip in to revamp Crosby Coastal Park benches

FORMER Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was never one to be sat on the bench during his playing career – but he’s been getting more familiar with the ones in Crosby after helping to get them refurbished!

The Bootle-born football pundit and his charity, the 23 Foundation, teamed up with Sefton Council to give memorial benches in Crosby Coastal Park a much-needed revamp.

Although work is still being done, the changes are already being noticed by passers-by.

One person who contacted the Champion said: “My husband walks along the promenade every day with the dog and I joined him last week and noticed the benches. They look a lot better and it’s great that a local lad like Jamie does so much for the area.

“I think whether you support Everton or Liverpool, you can appreciate what he’s done here!”

The work involves repairing, repainting and flagging underneath the benches in a scheme involving both Carragher’s charity and the council’s Natural Alternatives.

Natural Alternatives is a biodiversity and access programme managed by Sefton Council’s Coast and Countryside team.

It provides work, training and outdoor education opportunities on the coast and in countryside areas across Sefton.
A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are delighted to work with the Jamie Carragher 23 Foundation for this worthwhile scheme.

“Natural Alternatives welcome individuals of varying needs who choose to become part of our team to learn skills in a dynamic working environment where participants improve their health, well-being and opportunities in life.

“The programme provides opportunities for some of the more vulnerable people including local disengaged young people as well as adults and young people with learning disabilities; in a safe, secure and challenging work environment.”

Some of the benches have already been unveiled, with Carragher’s dad Philly, along with wife Gery and daughter Dayana, joining members of the Natural Alternatives department.