18th June 2009

Liverpool FC Stars turn out for charity

Liverpool players past and present descended on Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa for a charity golf match in aid of rare skin disease Ichthyosis.

Kop legend Robbie Fowler organised the fundraiser and helped to raise over £40,000 for the charity.

Twenty one teams, captained by football stars including Steven Gerrard, Daniel Agger, Albert Reira and Dirk Kuyt, battled it out on the course before attending an auction dinner in the evening.

Robbie Fowler, said: "My godson Thomas suffers from Bullous Ichthyosis and the Support Group has been a magnificent help to him and his family.  I couldn't be more pleased that we've managed to raise a large amount of money and want to say a big thank you to everyone who donated."

The auction dinner took place at Formby Hall and guests were entertained by comedian John Bishop, before bidding for top prizes. One of which was a weekend away with Steven Gerrard at Loch Lomond to play a four ball round of golf.

Ichthyosis is a lifelong, genetic, scaling skin condition for which there is currently no cure. The effect it has on individuals is both physical and psychological as it requires important daily skin routines to prevent infection. The necessary rigid routine can be excruciatingly painful.

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa is home to the UK's only PGA national residential golf academy. Set in 250 acres of parkland it is located just 10 minutes from Sefton's classic resort, Southport and 30 minutes from Liverpool city centre.

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