BSDHT’s Diane Rochford: Time to put on some festive flair and help disadvantaged children!
Ask anyone, 2021 has been a tough year. This is especially true for children, who have experienced disrupted school routines, birthdays spent in lockdown, and have had to adapt to the disorder the pandemic has brought to their family lives.
For many UK children these tough times have been especially hard, especially those living below the poverty line. It has been estimated that 31% of all UK children are living in poverty, meaning that many are without access to good educational resources, and, in more cases than we would like to admit, food.
Opening our scope worldwide, a vast number of children are living in war torn countries or have experienced tragedy in recent years as the result of political unrest, natural disasters and more.
So, what can we do to help?
One simple way to make a difference is to take part in the glittery fun of Christmas Jumper Day 2021. This initiative was created by the charity Save the Children in 2012, and has since become an annual event for people who want to get into the festive spirit while also raising funds to support underprivileged children in the UK and overseas.
In 2020 alone, Save the Children raised over £289 million to provide food and educational support for children across the globe. Christmas Jumper Day gives us the chance to get involved, raise awareness, and help everyone have a brighter, happier Christmas.
Taking part is easy – on Friday 10th December, everyone should wear a Christmas jumper and donate a small sum (the website recommends £2, but this can be more if you wish, or however much you can afford) that will help Save the Children support their essential work.
You can approach this enjoyable event in a number of different ways – perhaps at work you want the team to all wear the same style of Christmas jumper, or maybe you could even play a sort of Secret Santa game leading up to the event where you all gift each other a Christmas jumper that you think best suits their personality. You could even hold an prize for the best (or ugliest!) Christmas jumper worn on the day.
With such a difficult year soon coming to an end, it is nice to have fun events to look forward to in practice. Christmas Jumper Day is the perfect opportunity to have a laugh, raise some funds for an excellent cause and to help children’s lives become a little bit brighter. And, after all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
You can find more information about Christmas Jumper Day and sign up to join in by visiting the Save the Children website, go to https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day/about