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Henry Smith MP: supporting England and Soccer Aid

In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about UNICEF, and how Soccer Aid helps it to support children in some of the poorest parts of the world.

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When England’s World Cup campaign begins in just over a week’s time, the eyes of the world will be on one of Crawley’s own in the England dug-out.

My best wishes to Gareth Southgate – who grew up in our town, attended Pound Hill Junior and Hazelwick Schools, and married at Worth Church – and his team. Come on England!

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Before the tournament starts, the biennial Soccer Aid game takes place on Sunday (10th June) at Old Trafford, where a team of England celebrities and football legends take on a side from the Rest of the World. This is all in aid of UNICEF, who supply vaccines reaching 40 per cent of the world’s children, deliver 80 per cent of the world’s life-saving food, and have provided cleaner water and sanitation for families in more than 107 countries.

Over the last 12 years, £24 million has been raised through Soccer Aid to help UNICEF support children in some of the poorest parts of the world. Assistance has included 13.8 million people with improved drinking water and 11.3 million getting better sanitation.

Donations to UNICEF as part of this year’s Soccer Aid will be matched by the UK Government (up to the value of £5 million) to support UNICEF’s work for children in Swaziland and Lesotho.

In Parliament I continue to call for greater transparency in the international aid system, and recently questioned the International Development Secretary in the House of Commons over the action of the UK Government to ensure that other countries pay their fair share towards international development.

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Henry Smith MP wishes Crawley’s Gareth Southgate ‘the best of luck’

The Crawley MP sends a message to the England manager, and his team, ahead of England’s first match against Tunisia on Monday 18 June at 7pm.

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Henry Smith MP has wished Gareth Southgate, the England national football team manager who grew up in Crawley, the best of luck ahead of the 2018 World Cup which began yesterday.

Henry said:

“When England’s World Cup campaign begins on Monday, the eyes of the whole world will be on one of Crawley’s own.

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“I want to wish the best of luck to Gareth Southgate – who famously grew up in our town – and his team. Come on England!

“I remember being at a National Citizen Service graduation ceremony just a few days before Gareth was appointed permanent England manager – who knows what our town’s next generation will go on to achieve?”

England’s World Cup campaign kicks off against Tunisia on Monday, 18 June, at 7pm BST.

The England manager attended Pound Hill Junior and Hazelwick Schools, and married at Worth Church. He played 57 times for England, and in 2014 cited a number of his teachers at Pound Hill and Hazelwick as being a driving force on him taking up football.

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Gareth was confirmed as permanent England manager in November 2016, following a period in interim charge from September of that year.

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