A FORMER Liverpool football star has teamed up with an Irish charity that is building a respite centre for children with rare diseases.
Jamie Carragher and his 'The 23 Foundation' is endorsing the Saoirse Foundation, the charity set up by Tony and Mary Heffernan after their daughter who died of the very rare genetic disorder Battens Disease at the age of five in January 2011.
The couple's five-year-old son Liam is terminally ill with the same disease and his parents have poured their energy into building 'Liam's Lodge'.
This will be Ireland's first respite centre for children with rare diseases, located near Tralee, Co Kerry.
The charity also hopes to build on its recently launched 'Bumbleance', a child-centred ambulance service.
Carragher recently retired from Liverpool FC and was the club's second longest serving player in its history.