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Celeb-backed football match raises £14.6M for vulnerable children

Words by Blyth Brentnall

Grime artist Stormzy alongside actors Tom Hiddleston and Vicky McClure joined other celebrities to support a charity football match that raised £14.6 million for children in need around the world.

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The annual charity event, Soccer Aid, was supported by a packed stadium and viewers of ITV1, STV and ITVX.

Hiddleston played in the match as Unicef’s UK ambassador and addressed the crowds at half time. 

“To raise £14.6 million is truly life-changing and will make such a difference to children that need it most, all over the world,” he said. “So, it’s a huge thank you to everyone who has watched, cheered and donated. Together we really are making sure children can play and have the happy childhoods they deserve.”

All donations from viewers could help provide vaccines, tackle malnutrition and offer safe spaces to protect children living through crisis and get them back to school.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

UNICEF. A UN organisation working towards a world where every child can have a childhood. Learn how to support them here.

Oxfam. The global charity tackling poverty and inequality, offering support to those living through crisis. Find out more here.

Save The Children. They are a charity tackling issues such as famine and weather-related disasters faced by children around the world. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Reduced Inequalities.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs