Now that December has officially kicked off, it’ll soon be time to dig out the Christmas jumper to help raise money for Save the Children this month.
Marking 10 years of Christmas Jumper Day, this is everything you need to know about how to get involved.
What is Christmas Jumper Day?
Christmas Jumper Day is a day that is organised by charity Save the Children, and since it was launched in 2012, it has raised over £27 million.
It’s a day where, as the title suggests, everyone wears a Christmas jumper. You’re encouraged to donate £2 if you decide to take part in the day, or £1 for those in school or nursery.
The charity says: “You don’t even need a new jumper.
“You can dig out last year’s, take a boring old sweater and add some tinsel, or get one from a charity shop.”
Loads of celebrities take part in the day, and this year that includes the likes of Emma Bunton, Holly Willoughby, Alex Scott, Nicola Adams, Joel Dommett, Kate Garraway, Andi Oliver, Adil Ray, Nina Wadia, Dr Rang Singh, Georgia Toffolo, Lee Ridley, Adam Pearson, Alex Brooker, Wes Nelson and more.
Speaking about his involvement in the campaign, Alex Brooker said: “I’ve loved taking part in this year’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign for Save the Children – it’s a brilliant excuse to wear your silliest jumper, have some fun and raise money for a great cause in the process!
“I absolutely love Christmas and Christmas jumpers. The big decision for me will be which light-up one to wear this year!”
When is Christmas Jumper Day this year?
This year, Christmas Jumper Day falls on Friday 10 December - however, if for whatever reason this date doesn’t work for you, Save the Children says that that’s “not a problem, just pick another day”.
The organisation says: “If you want the buzz of knowing millions of other people are getting dressed up at the same time too, then go for Friday 10th December.
“But if that date isn’t a winner then no worries, just get your jumper out on a day that suits you.”
How can I sign up to fundraise money?
If you’re looking to fundraise money for Save the Children this Christmas Jumper Day, then you can do so by filling out the online form on the Save the Children website.
You’ll need to provide information like your name, email and phone number, and you can let Save the Children know if you’re fundraising as part of a school/youth group/nursery, work or with friends and family.
If you’re not part of a group, you can always go solo because, as Save the Children says, “it’s all about wearing your jump with pride”. If you are going it alone, then you can always set up your own fundraising page and have people sponsor you.
After signing up, you’ll receive your downloadable fundraising pack which comes full with activities and fundraising tips to help make the day as incredible as possible.
Alternatively you can simply donate with the Save the Children website without the need to sign up specifically to do extra fundraising.
How do I safely handle money during Covid-19?
Save the Children explains that once you have signed up to the event, you’ll be offered a team text code which you can share which allows people to pay digitally.
The charity will also offer each fundraiser the opportunity to claim a JustGiving page, which includes a QR code to help raise money safely.
If you have already signed up, you should visit christmas.savethechildren.org.uk/fundraising/
[CJD Reference Number]/claim to claim your JustGiving page - you’ll need to add your CJD reference number to the URL.
If the URL address doesn’t work, you can claim your JustGiving page via the Save the Children website.
Participants are encouraged to pay your fundraising money remotely, but where it’s only possible to pay by cash, Save the Children offers the following safety tips:
- Leave money for 72 hours before handling if possible
- Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handing money
- If possible, wear disposable gloves whilst handling money, and still washing your hands before and after wearing
- Practise social distancing when paying in at the bank or post office - wear a mask and keep at least a 2m distance from other people
Where does the money raised go?
The money that is raised through Christmas Jumper Day goes to Save the Children, a charity which works to improve the lives of children through things like better education, healthcare and more.
The charity says: “You might just think you’re wearing a jumper for Christmas Jumper Day - but it is way more than that.
“Your spellbinding sweater is going to help kids get the stuff they need most to help them see the fun and wonder in the world!”
These are some examples of how your money can help Save the Children:
- £5 could help a child in Rwanda see wonder in the world - providing them with a book written in their own language
- £18 could help a child sparkle in the classroom - paying for a back to school kit in Indonesia
- £50 could protect a child from the shadow cast by hunger - providing a family who’ve fled violence in Yemen with enough food for a month
- £66 could feed children’s imaginations - buying two weeks’ worth of food for a family of five in Syria
- £70 could light up a child’s sense of wonder - providing an LED lamp for them to study by in Gaza, where there’s just four hours of electricity a day
- £130 could help a child make a miraculous recovery - providing a malnourished child in Ethiopia with medicine and therapeutic food
Where can I buy a Christmas jumper?
Save the Children is encouraging participants to wear a jumper that you already have, or to buy one secondhand, in the spirit of sustainability.
However, if you’re looking to buy a new Christmas jumper because your wardrobe is lacking festive fashion, here are some places you can turn to:
M&S has loads of Christmas jumpers to choose from that are suitable for all the family.
This jumper adorned with skiing and snowboarding penguins is available for £19.50.
If you’re looking to get involved, but still maintaining your “bah humbug” attitude, then this Grinch Christmas jumper from ASOS is the perfect one for you.
Available from ASOS for £35.
If it’s a jumper for kids that you’re looking for, then look no further than this reindeer Christmas jumper from H&M.
Not on the High Street
If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle than the usual Christmas jumper offerings, then this black jumper with a delicate reindeer design is the one for you.
Finally, if you’re looking for matching Christmas jumpers for the whole family, Next has you covered.
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