A FUNDRAISING page has been launched to buy a permanent bench in memory of young Wirral dad Liam Clark.

Liam, known as Clarky to friends, died tragically after being involved in a car crash near Birmingham on Tuesday, September 10.

21-year-old Liam left behind his girlfriend Olivia and baby son Rauiri.

After his death Liam's family were determined to keep his memory alive and began by securing an applause for Liam on the 21st minute of Liverpool Football Club's Champions League clash against Salzburg last month.

Now they are hoping to raise £2,000 to have a bench installed in Central Park, Liscard - the same park Liam's team North Wirral Saints use as their home pitch.

As goalkeeper for North Wirral Saints for 10 seasons, the idea is to have a permanent memorial for Liam behind one of the goals so that his teammates, family and friends can have a moment to reflect and remember him by.

The family hope that when Rauiri is old enough, he will be able to visit the park, sit on the bench and look at the goal where his dad played.

Liam's brother Zach Wilmer told the Globe: "To some people, this will just look like a metal bench. But to people who knew Clarky, it is a symbol.

"A symbol that will represent strength, solidarity and something that will weather any storm.

"As no matter what conditions where thrown at Clarky, he was always there standing strong.

"Now that this symbol will be dug deep into the grounds of Central Park, the home of his beloved North Wirral Saints, it will give Clarky permanent roots here. So he can always be remembered.

"This symbol will also help us to remember Liam's devotion to improving his life prospects, his little family and of course his football.

"We say to all the young lads in Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside and beyond, who think that life can’t get any better, that you should come here and spend some time on this symbol and hopefully feel inspired to do something positive with your life.

"It is possible, and this symbol proves that Clarky achieved that, and you can achieve it too."

To donate to Liam's memorial bench fund please visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/raising-funds-for-a-park-bench-to-remember-clarky