Long-standing Unicef UK Ambassadors Jemima Khan, Robbie Williams and James Nesbitt led the fantastical turn out for Unicef UK’s annual Halloween Ball tonight (Thursday 13th October), raising more than half a million pounds to help Unicef protect Syria’s children in danger.

High-profile personalities from the worlds of TV, entertainment and fashion including Gillian Anderson, Erin O’Connor, Amber Le Bon, Cel Spellman and Princess Beatrice arrived at London’s One Embankment for the magical Malice in Wonderland themed party. Guests were treated to dazzling performances by 2016 MOBO Award nominee Laura Mvula and music legend and Unicef UK Ambassador, Robbie Williams.

Long-standing Unicef UK Ambassador Jemima Khan said, “Tonight’s Halloween Ball was about coming together to support Unicef’s vitally important work to keep Syrian children safe and warm. The conflict in Syria is the largest humanitarian crisis since World War 2. The shocking images we’ve seen of children suffering inside Syria and those making terrifying journeys across Europe in search of safety are utterly heart-breaking. With freezing temperatures coming and no way of keeping warm these children will struggle to survive. Unicef is on the ground right now providing life-saving humanitarian aid, including warm blankets, but their work remains desperately underfunded.”

The money raised at the Halloween Ball will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, provide blankets, life-saving food, clean water, health care and psychosocial support to children whose lives have been devastated by the conflict.

Unicef UK Executive Director, Mike Penrose said, “Over eight million children have been affected by the conflict in Syria. So many have lost their school, their home, their friends, even their family. After five years of war, the situation for Syrian children has never been more critical. Unicef is one of the few humanitarian organisations working to protect children in Syria and across the region, as well as for refugee children in Europe, but we cannot do it alone. The funds raised at events like Halloween Ball are vital in ensuring we continue to reach the millions of children in desperate need.”

You can help keep Syria’s children safe and warm this winter. Please visit www.unicef.org.uk/halloweenball to donate.


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Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.  As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk