Every year people across the country – from office workers to schoolteachers – set aside a day to pull on garish knitwear and mark Christmas Jumper Day.
The day is run and organised by Save the Children, and it has raised over £30m since its launch in 2012.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to take part this year.
When is Christmas Jumper Day this year?
Christmas Jumper day will take place on Thursday 8 December, 2022.
If this day doesn’t work for you, Save the Children says you can do it on any other day that suits you.
How does Christmas Jumper Day work?
It could not be more simple, all you have to do is make sure you wear a Christmas jumper on Thursday 8 December.
“You don’t even need a new jumper,” the charity says. “You can dig out last year’s, take a boring old sweater and add some tinsel, or get one from a charity shop.”
You are also encouraged to donate £2 to Save the Children – or £1 if you are at school.
You can register your details and confirm you will be wearing a Christmas jumper right here.
Lots of Christmas jumper wearers go solo, so you don’t have to be part of a group. It’s all about wearing your jumper with pride. You could even set up your own fundraising page and get sponsored.
There are even more spellbinding top tips for you in the free online fundraising pack.
The charity has also created festive crafting kits to help people upcycle their jumpers at home. The kits are £3 and available in Save the Children charity shops and online from www.savethechildren.org.uk. All profits from every purchase will go towards helping children get the food, healthcare and education they need to see the wonder in the world.
What does the money go towards?
Here are some examples of what Save the Children will be putting the money raised on Christmas Jumper Day towards this year:
- £5 could help a child in Rwanda see the wonder in the world – providing them with a book written in their own languag.
- £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.
How do I pay in the money I have raised?
Once you sign up to the event, you’ll be offered a team text code that you can share for safe paying in. Each fundraiser can also claim a JustGiving page which will include a QR code to help raise money safely, as well as a pay-in form on the website.
If you’ve signed up, visit: christmas.savethechildren.org.uk/fundraising/
[CJD Reference Number]/claim
To claim your JustGiving page (you’ll need to add your CJD reference number into the url).
If this doesn’t work, you can claim your JustGiving page here.
Wherever possible we urge you to pay in your fundraising using these methods, or by phone at 0808 281 1031.