Ken Dodd and Ricky Tomlinson show their support for the Spirit of Merseyside Awards

Spirit of Merseyside Awards
Spirit of Merseyside Awards

Footballer Jamie Carragher, comedian Ken Dodd and actor Ricky Tomlinson came together to celebrate their contributions to local communities at the annual Spirit of Merseyside Awards last week. The awards are put on by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, headed by chief executive Cathy Elliott. Liverpool centre-half Carragher beat Dodd and Tomlinson to win the celebrity champion award in recognition of his work with the Football Foundation and his support for the families of people killed in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. "I want to help the community like people did for me when I was growing up," he said. "If I can do that with charity work, there's nothing better than that."

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