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Football legend raises £1M for charity

Words by Abi Scaife

Graeme Souness has raised £1 million for charity.

Amazing! Tell me more.

Graeme Souness is a 70-year-old ex-Liverpool football player who embarked on a Channel swim for charity. He did so in the name of his friend, Isla Grist, aged 14, who suffers from the rare skin disease, epidermolysis bullosa.

What happened?

The Channel swim enabled Graeme to raise £1 million for Debra UK, a charity that helps people who have been diagnosed with this rare disease, also known as ‘Butterfly Skin’.

Also on the team was Isla’s father, and they completed the 21-mile swim as part of a six-person relay team in 12 hours and 17 minutes.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Rare Disease UK. This is the national campaign for people with rare diseases. Find out more here.

Beacon. Beacon (formerly known as Findacure) is a UK-based charity that is building a united rare disease community with patient groups at its heart. Support them here.

Debra UK. A national charity and patient support organisation for people living with the rare, extremely painful, genetic skin blistering condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) also known as ‘Butterfly Skin’. Donate here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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