Graeme Souness, the previous Liverpool captain and one in all soccer’s final hardmen, has tearfully introduced that he’ll swim the English Channel to lift cash for a uncommon pores and skin situation charity.
Now 70, Souness made the choice after assembly 14-year-old Isla Grist from the Black Isle close to Inverness, who has Dystrophic Recessive Epidermolysis Bullosa, a genetic situation in any other case often called “butterfly pores and skin” which causes the pores and skin to tear or blister on the slightest contact.
The previous ex-Rangers and Scotland midfielder, who was additionally a number one supervisor for 20 years, revealed final month that he’s stepping down from his position as a Sky Sports activities pundit and he’s now in coaching for the 21-mile swim from Dover to Calais.
Souness will tackle the problem subsequent month with Isla’s father, Andy, in addition to 4 different fundraisers, and is aiming to lift greater than £1 million for the Debra charity, which helps Isla, in addition to round 5,000 folks within the UK, who at the moment reside with the incurable situation.
Souness advised BBC Breakfast: “Isla is simply probably the most brave human being I’ve ever come throughout. Once I’m in her firm, I change into very tearful.
“She simply evokes me, she’s simply unbelievably brave and courageous. It’s probably the most horrendous illness. If you’re troubled by it, you have to get up each morning and say, ‘Why me?’ It’s a determined scenario.