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Andy Murray raises over £300K for charity!

posted 3 Nov 2016, 09:14 by Matthew O'Donnell

Andy Murray's first charity exhibition match raised more than £305,000 for two children's charities in the UK.

The world number two staged the first Andy Murray Live event at Glasgow's SSE Hydro Arena in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,000 people on 21 September.

Rio Paralympic champion Gordon Reid, former British number one Tim Henman and Andy Murray's brother Jamie all took part in the event.

The money raised will go towards Unicef UK and Young People's Futures (YPF).

Glasgow charity YPF will spend the donation buying much-needed facilities for young people in Possilpark, one of the most deprived areas in the city, including a minibus, sports facilities and a caravan to provide respite and holidays for families.

Unicef will use the money to help protect children in emergencies, such as those affected by the crisis in Syria.

Murray said: "It was always really important to me that this event should be for charity and so I'm really pleased we've been able to raise a significant amount in our first year.

"Children's charities have become more relevant to me now I'm a father, and both these organisations are doing great work with young people in Scotland and around the world."

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