CHRIST­MAS JUMPER DAY

First News - - Special Report - by Lau­ren Rice

ON Fri­day 15 De­cem­ber, peo­ple will be don­ning their favourite fes­tive out­fits to take part in the an­nual Save The Chil­dren Christ­mas Jumper Day. Here’s how you can join in, too!

MAK­ING THE WORLD BET­TER WITH A CHRIST­MAS SWEATER

This year, fes­tive knits will be worn across the coun­try in schools, homes and of­fices for Christ­mas Jumper Day! More than five mil­lion peo­ple in the UK are ex­pected to take part, with ev­ery­one help­ing to raise much-needed funds for Save The Chil­dren. We need your help to get ev­ery­one wear­ing their daftest and most won­der­ful wool­lies, too.

THE CAUSE

The money raised through this fun woolly-wear­ing day could help to give a child liv­ing in a refugee camp cloth­ing to keep them warm through­out win­ter and make sure they have nu­tri­tious food, or it could help to set up a safe space to give them the chance to be chil­dren again. Donations could also help with ed­u­ca­tion, health­care, pro­tec­tion and food for the mil­lions of chil­dren around the world who sadly do not have ac­cess to these ba­sic es­sen­tials.

Save The Chil­dren works to help pro­vide chil­dren in 120 coun­tries food and wa­ter, safety and the ed­u­ca­tion they need to sur­vive, help­ing chil­dren liv­ing in the tough­est places.

MEET WHISNU

Twelve-year-old Whisnu has been in a wheel­chair for four years. He be­came ill with bone tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, caus­ing the bones in his knees to join to­gether and leav­ing him un­able to walk. Save The Chil­dren works with Whisnu’s fam­ily to en­sure he isn’t held back be­cause of his dis­abil­ity. They helped him go to school and have an ed­u­ca­tion, and sup­port his mum and four sib­lings.

Whisnu said: “If I needed to go out, Mum would carry me on her back. It’s bet­ter now I have the wheel­chair. I can move it for­wards, back­wards and turn it. I sit on it in the class­room. Mum helps me put on my uni­form. I get onto my wheel­chair and cross the street to school.”

Your donations and sup­port can help chil­dren like Whisnu to over­come the ob­sta­cles they face.

CELEBRITY SUP­PORT­ERS

A range of celebri­ties have shown their sup­port for the cam­paign this year, in­clud­ing Holly Wil­loughby, Fearne Cot­ton, Nick Grimshaw, So­phie El­lis-Bex­tor, Peter An­dre, James Blunt, Amanda Holden and Ea­monn Holmes.

WH­Smith are also sell­ing two Christ­mas Jumper Day teddy bears named Bruno and Benji, with £1 from each sale go­ing to Save The Chil­dren.

GET IN­VOLVED

Sim­ply wear your best Christ­mas jumper on Fri­day 15 De­cem­ber and go to

christ­masjumper­day.org to sign up for your own free fundrais­ing pack.

You can also or­gan­ise some fun ac­tiv­i­ties to do on the day, in­clud­ing a bake sale, Christ­mas Carol-oke or an arts and crafts fair.

To sign up, visit christ­masjumper­day.org For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.savethechil­dren.org.uk

The First News team show off their fes­tive gear!

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