FUNDRAISING NEWS: Phil Collins donates VIP concert tickets to Unicef campaign

Singer Phil Collins has donated several VIP tickets for his forthcoming Wembley concert to raise around £100,000 for Unicef's 'End Child Exploitation' campaign.

The campaign aims to draw attention to the plight of millions of children worldwide who are trafficked, exploited for their labour or forced to work in the sex industry.

The former Genesis lead singer said: "My 'Far Side' world tour took me to Thailand, South Africa and Mexico, where children are at risk from exploitation. So I am donating these tickets to make a difference to at least a few lives."

He gave the charity an unspecified number of tickets to his 27 June concert to be sold online at www.unicef.org.uk/unite.

"We are absolutely delighted that such a high-profile artist has chosen to make this generous donation for our 'Unite for Unicef' concert series," said Sarah Green, the charity's music events manager.

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