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Andy Murray’s Aces raises an amazing £83,000 to help protect the children of Syria

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Tennis star and Unicef UK Ambassador, Andy Murray, has raised an incredible total of more than £83,000 to protect the children of Syria through his Andy’s Aces initiative.

In September 2015, Andy announced that for every ace he hit until the end of the year he would donate £50 to Unicef to support their work to help children whose worlds have been turned upside down by the conflict in Syria.

“I remember watching the news last summer and deciding I wanted to do something to help some of the millions of children whose lives have turned upside down by the situation in Syria,” said Andy. “It’s amazing that we’ve been able to raise so much, and I’m very grateful to my sponsors and fans for their help in this – I couldn’t have done it without them.”

As well as asking his fans to donate to support the initiative, Andy’s sponsors Standard Life and Under Armour, along with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) vowed to match each donation Andy made, meaning every ace raised £250 for children in danger.

The total of over £83,000 could provide over 16,000 children with blankets to help keep them safe and warm. “All of us here at Unicef UK are incredibly grateful to Andy for his continued support,” said David Bull, Unicef UK’s Executive Director. “Almost five years into the conflict, Syria remains one of the most dangerous places to be a child and millions of children have lost loved ones, homes and schools. The support of Andy, his fans and the wider tennis community will help us provide support for children who have lost so much.”

If you’d like to support Andy’s Aces, and Unicef’s work for the children of Syria it’s not too late. Text ACE to 70800 to donate £5 or donate online.

Every donation you make will be matched by the UK Government, so you can help us reach even more children in danger.

Source: Unicef

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