There are always sceptics when any big trend happens that people follow. Social media has ensured that we all are bombarded with pictures of #nomakeupselfies and the #icebucketchallenge, and whilst it can get irritating for your newsfeed to clog up with fresh faced, or cold friends, there is a reason behind these. You really think people pour ice over themselves for fun? We’re not all Bear Grylls.
Christmas Jumper Day, which is this Friday 18th December, is an annual money-raising event which donates 100% of its fund to the likes of Macmillan Cancer Support, Make a Wish UK, and Save the Children. The X Factor and sponsors TalkTalk have already donated £200,000, so the charity has had a good start, but they need help from every willing person.
There’s a load of things going on, so you’re spoilt for choice on how to make a difference this Christmas to those who really need it.
What To Do On Christmas Jumper Day 1
Whether you’re in class, at work, or on a night out, get your group to do their bit by wearing a festive knit, like our Find Me Under the Christmas Tree jumper. Ask everyone to bring in £1 (or whatever amount you’d like) and donate. You get to wear something warm and funny, and by doing so you’re helping those in need. It really is that simple.
Make sure you take group pictures and post them on social media with the hashtag #ChristmasJumperDay or #TextSanta to raise awareness of the good cause.
What To Do On Christmas Jumper Day 2
It’s cold. It’s windy. It hasn’t stopped raining in what feels like years. What could be better than cosying up on the sofa in your jammies with a cuppa, watching Text Santa on ITV. There’s going to be 3 hours of comedy, charity and Christmas, hosted by the likes of Holly Willoughby, Paddy McGuinness, Alesha Dixon and Olly Murs (amongst others). Get one of our Rude Christmas Jumpers to snuggle up in and have a funny, festive night!
Here’s what’s in store:
No celebrity-packed show would be complete without Ant and Dec, and the pair are going to star in a Make a Wish UK film. Amanda Holden shows her trip to Nepal for charity Save the Children, which is sure to bring out the emotion in the most cold-hearted of us. Martin Clunes visits a Macmillan Cancer Support project and explains how the donations made will help give emotional support to families going through the toughest of times.
Ninja Warrior UK has made a special episode featuring a whole host of people from the telly. TOWIE stars, Girls Aloud and JLS members, and even Olympic champions and Dancing on Ice stars, Torvill and Dean! Who will beat the wall? You bet host Chris Kamara will let you know in the way he does best – hilariously late and excitable. We can’t wait!
An extra special episode of Coronation Street will be showing at 8pm, starring Richard Branson, and the current cast will be playing a whole host of memorable past characters, including Albert Tatlock and Elsie Tanner – Corrie fans, this is not one to be missed.
This fun-packed, charity show featuring all the above and even more will lift everyone’s spirits and ensure that we all go to bed feeling lucky and privileged. Donating even the smallest amount will help, but we’re sure they’ll tell you more about that on Friday!
What To Do On Christmas Jumper Day 3
If you relish a cold winter’s walk, take a stroll and you might even find a festive jumper surprise… Statues up and down the country have been donned a Christmas Jumper – our favourite is the waddling penguins, wrapped up tight. Take pictures of what you find (whether it’s a statue or a person, it doesn’t really matter) and use the hashtag #ChristmasJumperDay on social media. Better yet, if you wear one of our Rude Christmas Jumpers, you’ll be sure to keep warm with the quality yarn it’s made with!
What To Do On Christmas Jumper Day 4
Bid to get your hands on the likes of One D’s Christmas Jumpers. Because what are crazy fans for if they don’t actually wear your clothes? Nah, we’re supportive of this – it’s good to see people who have influence promoting a good cause. Though we think the boys would enjoy our Santa Always Comes Down the Chimney funny Christmas jumper a bit more!
What To Do On Christmas Jumper Day 5
Does donating not feel like you’ve done your bit? Do you want to get out there and help hands-on? There are plenty of ways to get involved, but these charities aren’t just around for Christmas. MacMillan, Make a Wish UK and Save the Children need help all year round, so whether you want to volunteer, raise money yourself, or join in on a money-raising event, we have the suggestions for you.
Most charities were born from volunteering, and this selfless act is still at the heart and soul of each charity around today. Make a Wish have a web page dedicated to volunteering opportunities so have a regular look to see if there’s anything you can get involved in.
Macmillan do a ton of events spread across the year. Walk Hadrian’s Wall, run a marathon in Paris, go extreme and take part in the muddy, sweaty Adrenaline Rush in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, or if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you could always invite your friends round for a charity coffee morning. Take a look at the hundreds of events organised to raise money for Macmillan to see where you can get involved.
Make your opinion count by choosing to help a campaign. Save the Children have a load of campaigns for children who are in desperate need of help, including those in Syria and Yemen. Save the Children are asking our government to give a home to 3,000 children who fled Syria without their parents, to look for safety.
By sending a message to those children, we can make them feel welcome and safe, and by the charity sending books, these heartbroken children can start to learn English and build a new life in a safer country. Something so small like this could make such a big difference to these kids so is so worth getting involved with.