Andy Murray raises over £80k to help Syrian refugee children

Andy Murray  gave �50 for every ace to the cause. Picture: Getty Images
Andy Murray gave �50 for every ace to the cause. Picture: Getty Images
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Tennis star Andy Murray has raised more than £80,000 to help the charity Unicef protect Syrian refugee children.

The BBC Sports Personality of the Year and former Wimbledon champion announced in September that he would donate £50 for every ace he hit until the end of the year. The money will help Unicef in its efforts to help children whose lives have been torn apart by the Syrian conflict.

Murray said: “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. 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.”

Murray’s sponsors, the Lawn Tennis Association and ATP matched his donations through the Andy’s Aces campaign, while the Government also matched public donations. Funds were also raised from the Tie Break Tens tournament and the ATP Aces For Charity programme.