Sir Chris Hoy

Unicef UK Ambassador

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Sir Chris Hoy is jointly the most successful British Olympian of all time, winning six gold medals in track cycling across three Olympic Games.

Sir Chris has been supporting Unicef’s projects since 2009 through his role as an International Inspiration Ambassador and was appointed a Unicef UK Ambassador in 2013 in recognition of his valuable contribution to our work.

Most recently Chris has supported our campaign to reunite refugee families,  which is aimed at putting pressure on the UK Government to change the rules that allow refugee children to reunite with their close family already living in the UK.

In our We Are Family film Chris, alongside other supporters, reflects on his role as a brother with personal thoughts on what makes their family relationships so special.

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Last year, Chris travelled to Madagascar to see Unicef’s work to prevent and treat malnutrition.  Travelling to Antsirabe in the Highlands, Sir Chris visited a hospital where children who have more complicated cases of malnutrition are being treated and given therapeutic milk and peanut paste.  He also visited some community nutrition centres, where he witnessed children being measured and weighed to check their progress, and met families who were being educated about the importance of good nutrition and how to cook healthy, balanced meals.

Sir Chris Hoy finds out about Unicef's nutrition interventions in Madagascar. Unicef/2017/Matas
There are huge problems to overcome and a massive mountain to climb but the situation can be improved with the right education and the right funding.


I would hope that we could go back to countries like Madagascar in 10 years' time and see a massive difference.

sir chris hoy, unicef uk ambassador

In 2014, Sir Chris travelled to Malawi, where he saw how bicycles are a life-saving means of delivering medicine and health care to remote communities. Following on from that visit Sir Chris proudly represented the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Unicef partnership, making a live appeal to the public for donations with James McAvoy at the Opening Ceremony, which resulted in a total of over £5 million being raised.

In July 2010 he met with pupils from Hartford High School in Cheshire, which is linked with SMK Raja Permaisuri Bainun School in Malaysia through the International Inspiration programme.

Chris continues to support our campaigning and fundraising work for children in danger around the world.