Soccer Aid for UNICEF breaks fundraising record

This year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef has raised £15.6m, a record for the celebrities and former professional footballer charity event.

The match, which featured celebrities including Lee Mack, Russell Howard and Martin Compston alongside ex-pros including Teddy Sheringham, Cafu and Mark Noble, took place at the weekend at the London Stadium.

Usain bolt captained a World XI team that won the match on penalties against an England XI, captained by former One Direction singer Liam Payne.

Money raised will support UNICEF’s work helping children globally.

The fundraising total includes match funding from The Power of Nutrition up to £4m.

More than 54,000 fans attended the event, which was also televised by ITV. UNICEF UK ambassador Robbie Williams, who created the event in 2006, sung his hit Angels at half time.

Since the event launched the World XI side has won six times, with England prevailing five times.

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