Former Manchester United manager and UNICEF UK Ambassador, Sir Alex Ferguson has visited the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow to support UNICEF’s partnership with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to Put Children First. This groundbreaking partnership will harness the power of sport to save and change children’s lives in Scotland and across the Commonwealth. 

Sir Alex met newborn babies and their mothers to hear about the impact of UNICEF UK’s Baby Friendly Initiative, which works to strengthen the mother-baby relationship and support breastfeeding, so important to a child’s future health and well being. 

“I’ve been privileged to see the life-changing work that UNICEF does to help children around the world, but I wasn’t fully aware of the vital work that is done here in Glasgow and across the UK. 

“As a father and grandfather, I value strong family relationships. Seeing this level of expertise at this hospital emphasises to me how important it is for mothers to have the vital support they need to help nurture their children and give them the best start in life.”   

“It’s fantastic that UNICEF’s work to Put Children First, reaching children here at home and right across the Commonwealth, will be given such a boost by the partnership with the 2014 Games. I’m proud to be a UNICEF UK Ambassador, supporting this great occasion in my home town this summer."

To find out more about UNICEF’s partnership with Glasgow 2014, please visit” 


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About UNICEF in partnership with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 

UNICEF and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have joined together to Put Children First – saving and changing children’s lives in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth.  The Games will be a spectacular moment for sport and together we can make it life-changing for children in Scotland and in every Commonwealth country. By supporting the UNICEF and Glasgow 2014 Put Children First appeal you will help the Games live on through the lives of children. For more information and to support the partnership, please visit:


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