Unicef UK has announced that Soccer Aid 2014 has raised a final total of £6,525,072 for its vital work to save children’s lives around the world.
Thanks to the generous response from our viewers, and the UK Government matching all public donations pound for pound, this figure has smashed all previous records set by the bi-annual event.
Soccer Aid 2014 took place at a packed out Old Trafford on 8th June and was broadcast live on ITV. The match saw celebrities and football legends team up for a fifth time to play an enthralling game of football whilst raising vital funds for Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
A crowd of nearly 70,000 turned out to see Robbie Williams lead the England team with Welsh movie star Michael Sheen returning to captain The Rest of the World. Star players including John Bishop, Dominic Cooper, Marvin Humes, James McAvoy, Olly Murs, Jeremey Renner, Adam Richman and Jack Whitehall took part in the electrifying match which saw the Rest Of The World defeat England 4-2.
Since the appeal began in 2006, our partnership with Unicef has helped raise more than £18 million.
Soccer Aid was just a dream a few years ago and look at it now. Being able to walk out in front of a packed Old Trafford – with some of the world’s best footballers – whilst at the same time raising money for Unicef to help keep children safe is absolutely incredible. Thank you so so much to everyone who donated on the night or bought a ticket to the match – we couldn’t have done it without you.Robbie Williams, Unicef UK Ambassador and co-founder of Soccer Aid