Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton began supporting Unicef UK with a trip to the Philippines in March 2012, making a short appeal film about street children that was shown during Soccer Aid the same year.
Lewis met some of the estimated 85,000 children who live and work on the streets of the capital, Manila, struggling to get enough food and stay healthy and often unable to go to school.
In October 2012, Lewis had the opportunity to see Unicef’s innovative pilot programmes for sick newborns and children affected by hunger and malnutrition in India. Lewis visited the newborn care units and rehabilitation centres for older malnourished children in Shivpuri. There, he had the opportunity to witness first-hand the devastating effects of hunger on mothers and their babies in a country where over half the children under five are affected by malnutrition.
In 2014, Lewis travelled to Haiti for Soccer Aid 5, where he met babies and children suffering from malnutrition. He saw how Unicef can provide life-saving therapeutic food for children and helped Unicef UK to raise over £5.3 million for Soccer Aid.