Once upon a time, festive knitwear was the sole preserve of children (and maybe that one embarrassing aunty). But this Christmas Jumper Day, we broke out our natty knits to change lives around the world and raise £194 in aid of international charity Save the Children.
From Rob’s classic red and white Santa Claus ‘suit’ to Amie’s vintage bejewelled jersey and many more, the impressive array of woollens was accompanied by a feast including spiced toffee sponge bites, pigs in blankets, Christmas tree tortilla chips, and Prosecco crisps with edible sparkles.
We got even more into the Christmas Jumper Day spirit by getting crafty and making origami ornaments to decorate the office – the perfect accompaniment to our scattering of snowflakes and Christmas tree baubles, which were designed in-house.
How Christmas Jumper Day helps
Save the Children launched Christmas Jumper Day back in 2012, asking people to wear their festive knitwear and donate £2 to the charity. Since then, the annual event has raised more than £4 million. The money supports the organisation’s work in more than 100 countries all over the world.
That could be anything from providing high-calorie peanut paste to help children recover from malnutrition, to creating Safe Spaces for children impacted by war to visit and express themselves, or working to reunite children who have been separated from their families.
In the UK, Save the Children works in homes, nurseries, schools and communities to narrow the gap between children living in poverty and their better-off classmates. Their goal here, as it is around the world, is to help every child reach their full potential.
A year of charity
At 44, supporting good causes is something we’re passionate about and, this year alone, we’ve baked, run, It’s a Knockout-ed and much more to raise more than £1,500 for a whole host of charities. That (and the chance to wear our lovely outfits of course) made Christmas Jumper Day the perfect way to end 2019.
Watch this space for news about our charity and community work in 2020, and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the whole 44 team!