A number of stars have popped on a pullover and posed for photographs in their festive woollies to mark their support for Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day campaign.
Among the stars taking part are Isla Fisher, Jon Snow, Dom Joly, Alex Jones, Bruno Tonioli, Mark & Jess Wright, Myleene Klass, Fearne Cotton, Natasha Kaplinsky, Union J, Kate Garraway, Ben Shepherd, Ashley Jensen, Kate Thornton, Laura Mvula & band, Collabro, Rosie Fortescue, Paul O’Grady, Greg James, Frankie Bridge, Una Foden and her daughter Aiofe, Jo Whiley, Zoe Hardman, Nikki Sanderson and many more.
In its third year, Save the Children is asking even more people across the UK to join the woolly revolution to help ‘make the world better with a sweater’. So join these well-known faces on Friday 12th December and help to make the charity’s Christmas Jumper Day an even bigger success than last year.
It’s really easy to take part – all you have to do is sign up at christmasjumperday.org, get family, friends and colleagues involved, make, borrow or buy a festive sweater, wear it on Friday 12 December and donate! They’re asking grown-ups for a suggested donation of £2 and school children for £1, and to recognise your generous support, the government will double your money – matching every pound you give. To donate via text message, please text JUMPER to 70050 to donate £2 straight to Save the Children.
To help ready shoppers for the big day, from 20 September, George at Asda will sell a range of Save the Children Christmas jumpers for men, women and children with prices ranging from £12 to £16. The jumpers will raise funds for Save the Children’s vital work in the UK and will be available to buy in Asda stores nationwide and online at George.com. George at Asda is the official retail partner for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day and the partnership is aiming to raise over £750,000.
All money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will go towards helping the most vulnerable children in the world. Globally, 6.6 million children still die before their fifth birthday every year, most from easily preventable illnesses like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. Some don’t survive simply because they can’t get enough nutritious food.
In the UK, 3.5 million children are living in poverty. Too many families can’t afford nutritious food, heating, household essentials like a cooker, or good quality childcare. While their peers come to school well fed, well rested and well prepared to learn, these poorer children are missing out on a fair start in life.
By supporting Save the Children and taking part in Christmas Jumper Day and donating just £1-£2, you’ll help save lives in some of the toughest parts of the world, and give children living in poverty here in the UK the chance to fulfil their potential. Just £1 could buy antibiotics to treat three newborn babies with potentially deadly infections and £2 could buy 18 sachets of oral rehydration treatment for children suffering from life-threatening diarrhoea. And with match funding from the government this year, your donation could help twice as many children, so there’s never been a better excuse to get everyone participating!