SAVE The Children created a new world record this morning by getting people across the nation to wear Christmas jumpers and jump simultaneously together.
Throughout England 305 participators gathered at six Oxygen FreeJumping sites including Wigan, Leeds, London and Derby, to take part in the event in aid of the charity’s Christmas Jumper Day.
Fay Hoyland, Senior PR Manager for Save The Children, said: “The world record helps us to make Christmas Jumper Day famous. It is a really silly way to raise money for a really serious cause.
“Just by putting on a stupid sweater and having some fun with your friends, you can raise money to help save the lives of children all across the world.”
Save The Children help over 120 countries across the world, including war affected areas such as Syria. They also help children at home in the United Kingdom.
Fay said: “We provide programmes that help children get an education and health care. Those human rights that children deserve, we help provide that for them.”
Students in years four, five and six from St Andrew’s Primary School, Manchester, represented the city and began the six minute jump-a-thon at 9am.
The school is just one of many organisations which benefit from Save The Children’s programmes.
Head Teacher, Karen Leyland said: “We run Save The Children programmes in school, which are brilliant and we love them, which is why we were invited down to take part today.
“Our children are always so well behaved and we are so proud to take them anywhere – they are wonderful.”
It is not just the world record that the students are taking part in. Back at school everyone has paid one pound to wear their Christmas jumpers to support the charity, and coming to Manchester’s Lucozade Powerleague, Trafford Way, is an extension to their fund raising event.
Karen said: “Save The Children are very supportive of us as a school, and we are of them, so we’ve done lots of programmes in school now, which support not just our children but also their families.
“It is definitely a worthwhile charity to support.”
To find out more about Save The Children go to their website.