Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day bounced into action on Friday as Save the Children Ambassador Natasha Kaplinsky led hundreds of supporters in six locations across the country, in an attempt to set the world record for the most amount of people jumping simultaneously in Christmas jumpers.
Creating a new world record for the most amount of people jumping in Christmas jumpers, 305 supporters in London, Manchester, Leeds, Derby, Wigan and Southampton donned their festive knits and jumped, twisted and sprang their way into the Christmas Jumper Day record books.
At 09:00am on the nose (Rudolph’s, of course!), a woolly-wearing compere announced to the ‘jumping jumpers’ the start of the world record attempt, and then at exactly the same time across all six centres, all of the supporters fundraising for Save the Children, helping to make the world better with a sweater, began the festive jump.
Showing that Christmas Jumper Day really is a woolly-ful time of year, it is not too late to follow in the 305 ‘jumping jumpers’ bouncing footsteps and donate £2 to Save the Children. By texting GIVE to 70050, you’ll be donating £2 to help save children’s lives, and help the charity do whatever it takes to make sure the world’s forgotten children get the chance to have a brighter future.
Natasha Kaplinksy, Save the Children Ambassador says: “I recently went to Rwanda and Lebanon to see for myself the kind of work they do to give every child an equal chance through education and life-saving healthcare, no matter who or where they are. By meeting children that benefit from the charities’ support, I saw first-hand how the money raised from Christmas Jumper Day could make a life-changing difference to the most vulnerable children around the world.”
“I couldn’t wait to take on the Christmas Jumper Day World Record attempt along with so many fantastic supporters across England. It is such a great idea, which will no doubt bring buckets full of silliness and fun for so many children across the country this Christmas, but also help to raise awareness of why Christmas Jumper Day fundraising is so important in helping children less fortunate than ourselves”
Helena Wiltshire at Save the Children, says: “A huge thank you and well done to everyone who took part today to create a new world record. We are so grateful to all the fantastic school children who jumped in their Christmas jumpers today to support Save the Children’s work.”
“The world record attempt has been such a fun, silly way to raise awareness of important issues. Money raised through Christmas Jumper Day could help Save the Children bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support.”