Friday 13th December 2013 sees the return of Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day with a raft of celebrity support and lots of ways to get involved; from knitting workshops to live gigs and record breaking attempts – Save the Children has it sewn up.
On Friday 13th December 2013 Save the Children is calling on people across the UK to help make the world better with a sweater and take part in the tradition of wearing a kitsch Christmas jumper in exchange for a £1 donation to raise money for its life saving work with children the world over. Support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day has already started in earnest, with celebrities posing in their festive woollies.
Myleene Klass, Julie Walters, Lorraine Kelly, Gok Wan, Rochelle Humes, Erin O'Connor, Lauren Laverne, Alex Jones, Bruno Tonioli, Ashleigh & Pudsey, Arlene Philips, Nate James, Simon Rimmer, Jay Rayner, Daniel Roche, Kate Thornton, Jack Topping, Natasha Kaplinsky and Dom Joly have all dug out their finest Christmas knitwear, ready to wear in support of Save the Children’s Christmas campaign.
Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at www.christmasjumperday.org.uk. You can buy your Christmas jumper from John Lewis, official retail partner of Christmas Jumper Day. £25 from the sale of every jumper in the Save the Children range goes to the charity.
Save the Children’s Woolly Wonderland – 5-13 December 2013
For the first time Save the Children will be offering people an opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the Christmas Jumper experience. At Save the Children’s Woolly Wonderland at Westfield you can pimp your Christmas Jumper at customisation workshops with John Lewis, using fashionable textiles and haberdashery to transform them into exciting additions to your winter wardrobes. What’s more, knitting experts Wool and the Gang and Debbie Bliss will be hosting knitting workshops, Dick & Dom will be hosting storytelling sessions – and even The Gruffalo will be stopping by to help the whole family get into the festive spirit. The launch of Woolly Wonderland will be overseen by Save the Children supporter Myleene Klass.
To take part in Save the Children’s Woolly Wonderland, bring your Christmas Jumper and your imagination down to Westfield Stratford from 5-13 December. To sign up for a specific workshop visit www.savethechildren.org.uk/woollywonderland. Wear your jumper on Christmas Jumper Day on 13 December and donate £1 to Save the Children at www.christmasjumperday.org.uk.
Save the Children’s Christmas Tree Sessions – 5 December 2013
Music aficionado and BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne will once again be curating and hosting an evening of live music from some of the country’s best established and up-and-coming artists at London’s stunning Union Chapel. Featuring live accompaniment from a professional orchestra, Christmas-themed comedy and readings from special guest stars, this will be a night to remember. Last year’s event was a sell-out and was also viewed by 85,000 music fans around the globe via You Tube livestream and video-on-demand.
To watch out for updates on this year’s line-up and to buy tickets, visit www.savethechildren.org.uk/xmastreesessions. All proceeds from the night will support Save the Children’s life-changing work with children around the world. Tickets are from £35 and will be on sale soon.
Guinness World Record attempt – 13 December 2013
Save the Children is adding even more excitement to Christmas Jumper Day by attempting to break a Guinness World Record with the most people in one room wearing Christmas jumpers.
Help Save the Children to make history by donning your Christmas jumper and joining them at Westfield London on Friday 13th December – and don’t forget to donate your £1 by visiting www.christmasjumperday.org.uk.
Designer Christmas Jumper Installation – 28 November-5 January 2014
Save the Children has taken its annual Christmas Jumper Day to a new fashion high with the support of the British Fashion Council to create bespoke designer jumpers to be auctioned – with a difference – in aid of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 13th December. Some of the world’s leading designers have each customised a jumper for Save the Children to go on display at the Village at Westfield London in a stunning installation. The unique Christmas jumpers have been designed and hand-knitted by fashion brand Wool and the Gang and their British Gang of knitters here in the UK before being customised by each designer. With the likes of Alexander McQueen, Henry Holland and Vivienne Westwood getting involved, the Christmas Jumper will never look the same again!
The jumpers will go on display at Westfield London from 28 November – 5 January 2014. Festive fans will be able to bid for the jumpers from 28 November – 28 December 2013 by simply paying £1.50 and texting the name of the designer and their minimum bid to 78484. This is an auction with a twist because the lowest unique bid wins. For more information visit www.christmasjumperday.org.uk.