British tennis star Andy Murray was appointed a UNICEF UK Ambassador in 2016.
Andy has been supporting UNICEF since 2014 when we partnered with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. In 2016 he launched Andy Murray Live, an exhibition match which raised £305,000 for UNICEF and a local Glasgow charity.
Following this success, the 2017 event was announced in February and sold out within 4 hours. It took place at the SSE in Glasgow on 7 November with a line up also featuring Roger Federer, Jamie Murray, Tim Henman and Mansour Bahrami and was broadcast live on Eurosport and Facebook. This year there was also a fundraising gala dinner the night before held courtside at the SSE, with Andy, Tim, Jamie, Mansour and Judy in attendance. Rob Brydon hosted the evening and ran the live auction as well as conducting a Q&A with Andy and fellow ambassador Sir Chris Hoy. These combined events raised over £700,000 for UNICEF and the local Glasgow charity, more than doubling the 2016 total. Watch this space for details of the next Andy Murray Live event!
In September 2015, spurred on by the child migrant and refugee crisis, Andy decided that for every ace he served to the end of 2015 he would donate £50 to UNICEF’s work for children caught up in emergencies. Donations were matched by his partner Standard Life and by the LTA and ATP. This together with donations from his fans raised over £83,000 to help children whose world has been turned upside down by conflict or disaster.
You can join Andy and help us reach more children in Europe who have been forced to flee their homes – make a donation today to our child refugee appeal.