Liverpool FC's Jamie Carragher given Honorary Fellowship

Jamie Carragher
Image caption Carragher has made close to 700 appearances for Liverpool Football Club

Footballer Jamie Carragher has been given an Honorary Fellowship for his contribution to sport and charity.

In a ceremony at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Carragher, 34, was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

The Liverpool defender, who grew up in Bootle, Merseyside, has become one of the club's longest serving players.

LJMU said the accolade was awarded to those who exemplify its ethos to "dream, plan and achieve".

Carragher has appeared for Liverpool almost 700 times, helping the team lift the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup and the Champions League.

In 2006, the player was awarded the Freedom of Sefton for his contributions to charity.

Jamie's own charity, the 23 Foundation, provides support to charities, clubs and community groups on Merseyside to help young people achieve their ambitions.

Other people receiving Honorary Fellowships from the university this week include Rt Hon Lord Justice Leveson whose inquiry which began in November, is examining journalistic ethics and former Paralympian Gerry Kinsella MBE.

About 7,000 graduating students will also be taking part in the ceremonies.

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