Manchester United fan Stormzy is to perform some of his songs at a gala dinner for Unicef at Old Trafford on November 15.
The “United for Unicef Gala Dinner” is the 18th time it has been held at the club, manager Jose Mourinho and the entire first team squad will be going to the event.
This will be the best chance of rubbing shoulders with not only Manchester United footballers, but also other sports stars and stars from television and film.
The event includes a live auction with once-in-a-lifetime prizes to be won, plus a table raffle of signed Manchester United memorabilia and live entertainment.
Lifelong United fan and friend of the club, Stormzy is donating his time for this great cause, and will be performing his new single, ‘Blinded By Your Grace’, from his debut album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’. Earlier this year, he visited Old Trafford for an album signing and surprise performance in the first week of his album release, which was the first grime record to ever reach number one in the UK Album Chart.
All funds raised from this year’s dinner will go towards Unicef’s vital work in Thailand, to support education programmes for children with limited or no access to schooling. These children are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Thailand.
Many are denied access to education because of poverty, disability, gender discrimination and migrant status. Unicef supports education for every child to provide them with the skills and knowledge to lead a better life and break the cycle of poverty for families, communities and countries.
José Mourinho said: “Charity is one of the amazing things in society and I have always been very supportive of Unicef. You know that the money is going to the right place and is going to make a big difference. This year, the money is going to help children in Thailand so we know that we are going to contribute to a better future – I think it is difficult to have a better feeling than that.”
Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director, Catherine Cottrell, said: “Over the last 18 years, Manchester United has helped Unicef transform lives and keep children safe across the world. All of the funds raised this year will help more children in Thailand get an education and the chance of a brighter future. We are very proud of our long-standing United for Unicef partnership and want to thank the club and its fans for their continued support.”
The United for Unicef partnership is the longest running of its kind between a sport organisation and a global children’s organisation and to date has raised over £4million, helping to change the lives of millions of children worldwide.