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Make the world better with a sweater!

2014.12.12_Xmas_Jumper_Day.jpgOn Friday 12th December, I popped on a pullover and posed for a festive photograph to support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign.

In its third year, and the biggest yet, Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day is bringing together supporters and campaigners to be part of its woolly revolution to 'make the world better with a sweater’. 

I'm delighted to support Save the Children to help raise funds for its vital work in the UK and around the world, and what better way to do this than to get into the festive spirit and take part in their Christmas Jumper Day campaign

Save the Children is asking supporters to support their Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 12 December buy wearing a Christmas Jumper, encouraging their family and friends to do the same and to donate! For grown-ups the suggested donation is £2 and for school children it’s £1, and to recognise this generous support, the government will double all money raised - matching every pound donated. To donate via text message, please text JUMPER to 70050 to donate £2 straight to Save the Children.

All money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will go towards helping the most vulnerable children in the world.

According to Save the Children, 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. Here in the UK, 3.5 million children are living in poverty. Too many families here 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. 

The money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will help to 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, donations could help twice as many children.

For more information visit:  jumpers.savethechildren.org.uk

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