27/10/2010 15:59, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Roll out the red carpet

One of the most eagerly anticipated evenings in the Old Trafford calendar is fast approaching – the annual United for UNICEF gala dinner.

The swanky event will be held on Sunday 28 November in the Manchester suite and this year’s theme will be ‘Putting it Right’ – a UNICEF campaign slogan that outlines the charity’s aim to continue the aid work that helps millions of children around the world.

Sir Alex Ferguson, his players and staff will once again be attending the prestigious black-tie event, with the aim of raising valuable funds for the club’s charity partner. They’ll be joined by a host of celebrities for a night of entertainment, and a grand auction offering a range of dazzling prizes.

Confirmed guests include actresses Michelle Keegan and Gemma Atkinson, who recently visited Old Trafford sporting UNICEF t-shirts to lend their support to the charity event of the year.

Michelle, who plays Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street, explained the reason behind her involvement.

“UNICEF is such a fantastic charity and it’s great to see Manchester United using their huge worldwide presence to make a difference," she said. “I’m very excited to be attending the dinner and hopefully the night will raise much needed funds for UNICEF’s fantastic work.”

Fellow TV beauty and United fan, Gemma, added: “I think UNICEF is such a brilliant charity 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 on one night for an amazing cause.

“There is also a special guest performing and although  I’m

not allowed to say who it is, it’s somebody amazing so watch this space. I would definitely recommend buying a ticket.”

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