20/12/2012 09:00, Report by G Thompson, L Kane

Video: UNICEF dinner

The players were out in force on Wednesday night in support of the United for UNICEF gala dinner at Old Trafford and the Reds helped raise a record-breaking total for the world’s leading children’s organisation.

The event celebrated 13 years of the partnership between United and UNICEF and raised over £165,000. Hosted by BBC News Political Correspondent Nick Robinson, the black-tie event is one of the highlights of the club’s events calendar and was attended by the full first-team squad. Entertainment was provided by girl group Stooshe, while Coronation Street stars and United fans Antony Cotton, Andy Whyment and Catherine Tyldesley, and Olympian Keri-Anne Payne were also in attendance.

The most recent funding has helped to equip 35 child survival centres in Senegal with the materials needed to ensure that children survive and thrive. This includes simple, yet lifesaving equipment such as malaria nets, weighing scales, bed nets and medication along with training for midwives and healthcare staff. Guests at the dinner were able to support UNICEF by bidding on money-can’t-buy prizes in the charity auction and by purchasing mini souvenirs which represented the provision of motorbikes, medicine fridges and mosquito nets to help those in need in Senegal.

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