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Andy Murray Live raises more than £700,000 for charities

The tennis exhibition, which also featured Roger Federer, raised more than £700,000.

Murray: British number one takes on kilted Federer.
Murray: British number one takes on kilted Federer. PA

A tennis exhibition set up by Andy Murray has raised more than double the amount it collected for charity last year.

Andy Murray Live was launched by the British number one in 2016 and raised around £300,000 in its first year.

At this year's event, during which Murray took on Roger Federer in front of a sellout crowd at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, raised more than £700,000 to be shared among charities Unicef UK and Govan based Sunny-sid3up.

The double Olympic gold medal-winner and two-time Wimbledon champion was also joined by his brother Jamie for a doubles match against Tim Henman and Mansour Bahrami.

Still Game characters Jack and Winston then surprised the 10,800 crowd with an impromptu appearance.

Still Game: Jack and Winston made an appearance.
Still Game: Jack and Winston made an appearance. SNS

Speaking afterwards, 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 build on the success of last year and more than double what we raised.

"Being able to support children and those in need is really important to me. The money raised will make a real difference in Scotland and around the world."

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

For example, the funds could help Unicef provide sets of hats and gloves for 116,000 children to keep them safe and warm when bitter weather hits this winter.

Sunny-sid3up will focus on tackling projects that improve lives and communities in both in Scotland and overseas.

The Glasgow charity is already planning how the funds will make a long-term difference close to home, as well continue the work started in Sri Lanka by its late founder, Christopher Feeney.

"Being able to support children and those in need is really important to me. The money raised will make a real difference in Scotland and around the world"
Andy Murray

The fundraising total this year was boosted by the addition of a glittering fundraising dinner around the show court on the eve of the event.

With live music from Will Young and Rob Brydon acting as MC and auctioneer, guests were treated to a meal from chef Albert Roux.

Those not able to attend in person were able to watch Andy Murray Live on Eurosport; while more than two million around the world tuned in to watch on Facebook.

Facebook viewers were also able to donate to the charities direct from the live stream for the first time.

Mark Devlin, Unicef UK's chief operating officer said: "We are incredibly grateful to Andy for his continued support as a Unicef ambassador to help children in danger.

"Right now, children's lives are at risk from sudden disasters, long running and overlooked conflicts around the world.

"The money raised by Andy and his fans will help Unicef provide life-saving food, clean water and vaccines, as well as education and psychological support for children affected by conflict and disaster around the world."

Tartan army: A young Roger Federer wearing a Scotland jersey.
Tartan army: A young Roger Federer wearing a Scotland jersey. PA

Sunny-sid3up spokesman Tony Feeney said: "We are really grateful to Andy for choosing to support us this year.

"My brother Chris would have been so proud and these funds will make a massive difference to what we can achieve in Glasgow and farther afield in Sri Lanka.

"We are already making plans to allocate some of the funds to help those that need it most during the Christmas period."

Fans can still support the charities by visiting www.andymurraylive.com.

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