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LFC players unite for Ray

Life and times of Ray Kennedy celebrated by past and present team members at charity fundraiser this week, with a few places left....

Published on July 8th 2008.

LFC players unite for Ray

HE was Bill Shankly's last signing and he won every domestic football honour possible. Indeed, Ray Kennedy was once described by Jimmy Greaves as "the player of the 70s" and was one of the most popular footballers at Liverpool and Arsenal, the two clubs at which he made his mark.

But by the early 1990s, Ray Kennedy had succumbed to Parkinson's Disease and encountered such hard times that had to sell his medals in 1993 to the PFA to pay for the care he requires.

Now on state benefits, Kennedy, who won five league titles and three European Cups in his eight years at Anfield, has struggled to make ends meet and, although he has not sought assistance, those who remember his playing days have taken it upon themselves to help in his care with the creation of the Ray of Hope Appeal.

The charity, set up by lifelong Liverpool supporter Karl Coppack, raises money for the Parkinson's Disease Society as well as equipment and care for the former player, who lives in Whitley Bay, through a number of initiatives, including collection buckets outside stadiums.

"Ray is my favourite player of all time, he combined an enormous talent with a humble demeanour," Coppack is quoted as saying. "I don't want him to be forgotten, especially in his condition."

There are many who agree, including former and present Liverpool players.

They will be gathering for a special dinner to celebrate the life and times of the player, with speakers including Ian Callaghan and the like, this Thursday (July 10) at Daniel Agger's Tirano restaurant in Lark Lane.

Enjoy a four-course meal and fine wine in the company of Liverpool legends past and present as his team mates tell stories of Liverpool's most successful era and the man who contributed so much to it - including the goals that sealed European Cup and league titles.

Places are limited for this exclusive event at £95 each with all proceeds going to the charity. Book your seat today by calling Tirano on 0151 726 7072 or email corporate@tirano.co.uk

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, pledges can be made to rayofhopeappeal@hotmail.co.uk - cheques can be sent to the Ray of Hope Appeal c/o HSBC account 21817299, sort code 40-03-27.

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BUSH OBILA WILLYJuly 8th 2008.

Iam also willing to BUY the GERSAY of the club iam AFUN MEMBER but,the problem we have no good co-ordinator in UGANDDA -EAST AFRICA-AFRICA.Please think of as we do also enjoy the matches on TVs.ILOVE LIVERPOOL

ECHEMU JUSTINJuly 8th 2008.

When the season begins how will be updated with the weeekly games.And how can by the club t-shirts most espencialy GERSEY,iam from UGANDA in AFRICA and iam A LIVEPOOL FUN.

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