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Manchester United players and celebrity guests turned out in style for the 14th annual United For UNICEF Gala Dinner, at which over £200,000 was raised for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation. The sum raised beat last year’s record total of £166,000.
The black-tie evening, a highlight in Old Trafford's social calendar, was hosted by Sky News sports presenter Jacquie Beltrao and was attended by the full first-team squad and their partners plus manager David Moyes and his coaching staff. Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene headlined the event and other celebrities in attendance included singers Peter Andre and Shayne Ward, TV soap stars Kym Lomas, Antony Cotton, Catherine Tyldesley, Brooke Vincent and Chris Bisson, plus Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of pop legends OMD.
Over the last 14 years, the United for UNICEF partnership has raised over £3million, impacting on the lives of over 3.4million vulnerable children worldwide. It is the longest running partnership of its kind between a sporting organisation and a global children’s organisation.
The partnership has recently been renewed for a further three years and the Club has pledged to raise a further £1million during that period. This money will go towards helping transform the lives of vulnerable children in Vietnam who are affected by abuse, exploitation and neglect.