A personal plea by David Beckham in The Mirror for donations to our East Africa Children's Crisis appeal yesterday resulted in over 2,600 text pledges - worth over £13,000.

"The children of Somalia and East Africa are in the middle of an unthinkable food crisis," Beckham wrote in his front page appeal letter.

He added: "Every six minutes a child in south Somalia is dying from hunger. Just think about that. And many more will die in the coming weeks unless you and I do something to help."

Read the full text of the letter here.

 
David Beckham OBE has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 2005. © UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0078/David Turnley
David Beckham OBE has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 2005.© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0078/David Turnley

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