Manchester United help to raise £160,000 for Unicef
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 16/11/17 10:37am
Manchester United have helped to raise £160,000 for charity at their star-studded annual United for Unicef gala dinner.
The black-tie event was attended by Jose Mourinho, grime star Stormzy and several Man Utd first-team players.
The evening was to raise money to support education programmes for children in Thailand who have limited or no access to schooling.
Mourinho, currently in his second season as manager at Old Trafford, said: "I have always been very supportive of Unicef, and my team and I are proud to once again be a part of this amazing event to support vulnerable children in Thailand."
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, one of the many Man Utd players to attend the dinner, said: "It's very important for the kids. Every child should have a good childhood, to learn how to read and to write, so I hope we can make a difference."
The event - which has so far raised over £4m in its 18-year history - featured a performance from Red Devils fan Stormzy, as well as an auction in which the top prize was behind the scenes access at a Man Utd event.
Unicef aims to support education for every child, to help them lead a better life and end the cycle of poverty.
Many Thai children are denied access to schooling for various issues, including poverty, disability, gender or migrant status.
Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director Catherine Cottrell said: "On behalf of Unicef I would like to extend our thanks to the club, the players and fans, for helping to change the lives of millions of children around the globe."
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