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Yesterday we were lucky enough to go to Manchester to watch the 2014 Soccer Aid match. It’s such a great concept – footballing legends and celebrities, stars of film and TV, going head to head in a biennial event as England take on ‘The Rest Of The World’.

It was started by Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes back in 2006. And whilst it’s a lot of fun to watch – and clearly even more fun to take part in – it’s all done for charity, namely to raise money for UNICEF.

UNICEF believes that “every child should have clean water, food, health care, education and a safe environment in which to grow up”. It is not funded by the UN and relies on voluntary donations.

£5 could provide 75 children with safe drinking water door a month.
£25 could protect 93 children against deadly polio.
£50 could provide enough mosquito nets to protect 13 families from malaria, which kills a child in Africa every 30 seconds.
£100 could provide 238 packets of high energy biscuits to give children the nutrients they need in an emergency.

When we arrived we were spoilt for choice with the array of foods on sale but we opted for fish and chips and sat in the sunshine together to eat. The forecast had been dreadful and although we were caught in an absolutely torrential downpour whilst driving to the ground, the clouds parted and the weather was glorious. We made our way to our seats and were helped by very friendly stewards. Both teams came out in their suits to greet the crowd before the match started and we managed to get some photos although I wish I’d taken my camera as my phone didn’t capture people clearly.

Robbie Williams (assistant manager, England) and Michael Sheen (captain, Rest of the World)

Robbie Williams (assistant manager, England) and Michael Sheen (captain, Rest of the World)

The lovely Adam Richman (from Man V Food) who was possibly the most excited person in the stadium.

The lovely Adam Richman (from Man V Food) who was possibly the most excited person in the stadium.

The match was fantastic! We had seats right behind the east stand goal (and had a perfect view of David Seaman’s bottom for the first half!) The crowd were in fine spirits and we were sat with lovely people all around. One gentleman even offered to take a photo for us.

See how happy we are!

See how happy we are!

We decided to leave a few minutes early as the traffic had been an absolute nightmare on the way in and as we had quite a long journey home, we didn’t want to get caught up in another traffic jam. So with 8 minutes to go – and the score at 2:2 – we headed back to the car. Which meant that we missed the final two goals. But it did mean that we reached the car, changed our 4 year old into his pyjamas and were out of the car park before the crowds.

It was a fabulous day and it’s all for a fabulous cause. And if you want to help, you can text CHILD to 70333 to donate £5

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