David and Victoria Beckham have pledged £1million to provide immediate aid to the people of Ukraine. The retired footballer, 46, launched an emergency appeal via his 7 Fund for UNICEF to help provide support to children affected in the war-torn country. And sources close to the couple revealed to MailOnline, David and Victoria have donated £1million of their own money to the charity initiative. Their pal said: ‘David and Victoria personally donated £1m to the emergency appeal set up via David’s dedicated 7 Fund for UNICEF. They wanted to do everything they could to help UNICEF in their work on the ground in Ukraine. ‘David has been a Goodwill Ambassador for 17 years and raises millions a year to support UNICEF and their work for children around the world. ‘This is in addition to the projects he funds under the umbrella of his 7 Fund which aims to support children around the world, particularly girls realise their potential.’ Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, David said: ‘Like you I have watched the situation in Ukraine unfold in horror and disbelief. ‘Mothers forced to flee with their children. Families torn apart. Children taken from their beds to become refugees overnight. With my family safe around me, I felt the helplessness we all share when faced with scenes of despair.’ He continued: ‘Victoria and I have made a donation on behalf of our family to kickstart the appeal. We would be so grateful if you could join us in helping UNICEF support these children. Please give what you can today.’ David added in the caption: ‘As the conflict in #Ukraine enters its second week, the needs of families are escalating and 7.5m children are now at risk. ‘Today, on International Women’s Day, my 7 Fund for @UNICEF is setting up an Emergency Appeal to help provide immediate aid to support children’s wellbeing, including medical supplies and safe spaces for families. ‘Please join me in supporting UNICEF in its vital work on the ground and give what you can.’ David has been a UNICEF UK ambassador since 2005, and in 2015 he launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund. It comes as desperate Ukrainian refugees are facing a punishing cold snap as temperatures fall well below freezing this week, which will also bring bitter conditions to Putin’s men who are spread out across the country with limited access to shelter as his invasion stalls.