Stick on a jumper and help a child this Friday

Published: Tuesday 12th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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This Friday is Christmas Jumper Day, a fundraising event for Save the Children. Will you be popping on your woollies for a good cause?

Each year, schools, homes and offices across the UK get cosy in their silliest knitted wears to raise money for Save the Children.

The charity works internationally in over 120 countries with young people to provide healthcare, food, water, safety and education. The dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that every child, no matter where they are born, has the chance to survive and fulfil their potential.

This year, over five million people in the country will don ridiculous jumpers, cover themselves in tinsel, decorate their beards with baubles, and sprinkle glitter in their hair, all to generate much-needed funds for supporting the organisation and its work.

Each person who takes part is required to donate £2 to Save the Children or £1 if you’re a school pupil via christmasjumperday.org. This money will go towards making sure that often-overlooked children have the opportunity to succeed and thrive in the future.

It won’t only be your dinner lady dressing up, however. A number of celebrities are keen advocates of the day. Nick Grimshaw, Michelle Heaton, Keith Lemon, Fearne Cotton, Amanda Holden, James Blunt, Kate Garraway and even Jon Snow have pledged to swap their usual attire for a festive ensemble.

Myleene Klass is personally looking forward to joining in: “Being part of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day is always a big part of Christmas in my household. I’ve seen first-hand in countries like Bangladesh the suffering some children go through.”

“By wearing your jumper and donating £2 you will help change lives for the better,” she adds. “My girls and I have a day in our diary to Christmas jumper shop. It gets pretty hectic as we scoot through the rails, each searching out the silliest knit!”

If like Myleene you are searching for the perfect outfit, you can opt for a special Save the Children jumper, created by Selfish Mother to create a bespoke range of knitwear especially for the occasion. Each jumper costs £50 and half of this goes directly to the charity.

Save the Children strives to promote children’s rights, as well as providing relief and aid to support young people in developing countries. Last year, the international organisation helped over 22 million kids across the globe. Every penny raised on Christmas Jumper Day goes towards this crucial work.

The best part is that anyone can get involved. Simply pop on a sweater, get everyone together on Friday 15 December and head to christmasjumperday.org to sign up for your free fundraising pack.

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Published: Tuesday 12th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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