Christmas Jumper Day helps children

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Jamie Graham and Amy Cupples with their Christmas Jumpers

Jamie Graham and Amy Cupples with their Christmas jumpers

It is estimated that more than 250,000 people wore a festive jumper to schools, offices and workplaces across the UK on Friday after being invited to take part in Christmas Jumper Day in exchange for donating £1 to Save the Children.

Money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will help bring life-saving care to some of the most vulnerable children. In the world’s poorest countries, almost seven million children die every year from easily preventable causes like diarrhea and malnutrition.

Simple solutions, like vaccines and mosquito nets, save lives, and wearing a Christmas jumper and donating £1 was one way to help them.

Constructing equality business manager, Kyle Williams, said: “I initially was interested in the idea as I had just bought myself a nice Christmas jumper and then the apprentice at my work mentioned it to me.

“As I am a recent graduate I thought what better way to build some skills up than to organise a charity event? The building I work in isn’t just occupied by the company I work for so this is a good way to bring people together during the festive period.

“I want to help out a charity and it is also helping me build my management skills and experience.”

Student Jamie Graham  said: “I heard about this event through some friends and decided I wanted to do something and help towards Save the Children. I organised a Christmas dinner for all my flatmates, I made them wear Christmas jumpers and donate at least £1 to the charity.

“It’s a great way to get everyone together to have some fun before we go back home for Christmas but also a good cause as we are helping out the charity, even by doing small things.”

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