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Gala dinner excites Gemma

"The United for UNICEF dinner is always a cracking night because there are so many famous faces coming together for an amazing cause. The fact that Sir Alex and the players will be there is brilliant and hopefully we can raise lots of money on the night."

- Gemma Atkinson

The ‘United for UNICEF’ gala dinner is at OT on Sunday 28 November. For more info and to purchase tickets call 0161 868 8000 (option 3) or email: special.events@manutd.co.uk

13/11/2010 11:54, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Q&A: Gemma Atkinson

The actress is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with her Red heroes at this month’s United for UNICEF dinner

Why United?
I’ve always been a big fan, most of my family are in fact, particularly my step-dad Peter. He’s followed the team all his life and his idol is Eric Cantona. He actually looks just like Eric when he takes his glasses off which he is quite smug about!

How often do you get to Old Trafford?
I try to get to as many games as possible but it depends where I am work wise. If I can’t make it I always make sure I’m near a TV whenever we’re playing though. I’m at the game today and hopefully we can get another win under our belts to keep the pressure on Chelsea.

Who’s your favourite Red?
I’ve always been a big fan of Ryan Giggs. It’s amazing how he has continued to perform so well for such a long time and is still one of our most influential players. He’s not only a great role model for young footballers out there, he’s a brilliant example to all the other players.

As well as watching football, we hear you play a bit too…
[Smiles] Well I played in a celebrity tournament with the Hollyoaks team a few years ago and we won! My friend Mikyla Dodd, who played Chloe, went in net for us and she was absolutely brilliant.

Tell us about your involvement with the United for UNICEF dinner?
I was down at Old Trafford last month to lend my support to the event – UNICEF is such a brilliant charity to work with and I’m a big supporter of the work they do for child poverty. The gala dinner is always a cracking night because there are so many famous faces coming together for an amazing cause. The fact that Sir Alex and the players will be there is brilliant and hopefully we can raise lots of money on the night.

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