Delivered direct from the North Pole, Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day was back to sprinkle some festive cheer and a Canvey school thought there was snow better way to support the deserving cause.
Pupils at Castle View School invited Essex Euro MP Alex Mayer to kick off proceedings at their fabulous festive fundraiser.
The school kids and teachers wore their brightest, funniest, and craziest Christmas jumpers with reindeers, snowmen and good old fashioned Christmas puddings. Ms Mayer joined in the Christmas craze and express hers-elf by donning an elf themed green jumper with bright gold buttons.
Everyone wearing a Christmas jumper donated £2 to Save the Children to help raise sleigh-loads of cash to help less fortunate children around the world.
Just one woolly pully makes a big difference as a £2 donation pays for the antibiotics to treat five children suffering from pneumonia – the biggest killer of children worldwide.
Sadly pneumonia is expected to kill 11 million more people by 2030, according to a study conducted by Save the Children.
This month the European Parliament’s Development Committee finalised a report to set their new priorities to help alleviate hunger and disease, including pneumonia, in line with the Millennium Development Goals.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “Happy Christmas Jumper Day! I am ho-ho-hoping that Castle View School’s efforts today raise much needed funds for Save the Children.
“With humanitarian emergencies in Indonesia, Yemen, Syria, Bangladesh and across the world I welcome Save the Children’s efforts to provide a bit of Christmas cheer and say a big well done to all the children at Castle View School who are making the world better with a sweater.”