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Noel Gallagher is joining Jamie Carragher for a massive fundraising gig at Old Trafford cricket ground

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 17th August 2022

Noel Gallagher will perform a headline set at a huge fundraising gala at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground next month.

The former Oasis star will be joining Jamie Carragher, Vernon Kay, Melanie C and more at the Football for Change event.

The inaugural fundraising gala took place last year in Liverpool and raised nearly £250,000, boosted by a lunch event with Sir Rod Stewart and Tom Grennan that raised a further £100,000.

It’s hoped that the huge cricket ground gig will raise even more money for the charitable initiative Football for Change, to help people affected by poverty.

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The initiative has already sent more than 40 disadvantaged children to the USA on sporting and educational retreats, as well as distributing grants to organisations in the most deprived areas of the country.

Taking place on 22 September, the Football for Change gala will bring together performances from Spice Girl Mel C, Emeli Sande, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Vernon Kay will host, while Sky Sports presenter Jamie Carragher holds a high-profile Q&A with a sporting superstar.

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A major auction will also be held, with prizes donated by Robbie Williams, Sir Rod Stewart, Manchester United, Manchester City and Formula 1.

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Jamie Carragher said: “It is amazing to have Noel and his band supporting Football For Change by playing at our annual fundraising gala next month. He is a music icon and we’re all looking forward to it. 

“This event follows our launch in 2021 which was attended by our patron Sir Rod Stewart. It is going to be a great night.” 

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Dan Hughes, founder of the leading PR firm ThisGeneration, who launched the Football For Change initiative said: “Securing Noel Gallagher is a massive coup. This is a major homecoming for one of the world’s biggest music stars and his support will help improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people in the North West.”

Football for Change was launched by Jamie Carragher, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Conor Coady last year with leading PR firm ThisGeneration Communications. Sir Rod Stewart is the official patron. 

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A number of football stars including Jude Bellingham, Lionesses hero Beth Mead, Jack Harrison and Gary Neville are also involved.

Gary Lineker is an ambassador too, alongside Steven Gerrard and Brazilian international Lucas Moura. 

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Football for Change aims to lift young people from disadvantaged backgrounds out of poverty with life-changing opportunities in education and employment. 

The fundraising gala is being backed by Swinton Insurance, DAM Health, Together Money and Watches of Switzerland. 

You can find out more about how to get involved at https://footballforchange.org.uk.

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