FAMOUS FACES STYLED, DIRECTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY THEIR OWN LITTLE HELPERS IN AID OF SAVE THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY
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To mark ten years of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, a host of the charity’s celebrity supporters teamed up with their children to create a portrait photo series to encourage the nation to get involved and take part in the national fundraiser next Friday (10th December).
Stars including Myleene Klass, Ore Oduba, Sophie ‘Mrs Hinch’ Hinchliffe and Fearne Cotton, all posed in their bespoke festive knits upcycled by their children ahead of the big day. The ‘Christmas Jumper Day kids photoshoot’ saw each of the star’s talented children aged two to 17 style, direct and shoot portraits of their well-known parents to help raise money for Save the Children.
The photo series celebrates what the charity hopes to be the most sustainable Christmas Jumper Day yet. Each of the celebrities upcycled a winter woolly using a range of crafting materials, including the charity’s new festive crafting kits which include self-adhesive felt shapes. The crafting kits (which are available to buy online and from Save the Children’s charity shops for £3) are designed to encourage the nation to get creative by sprucing up their pre-loved knits, instead of buying new.
Francesca Savage, Head of Christmas at Save the Children, says: “We’re really grateful to our celebrity supporters and their unbelievably creative kids for getting in the spirit of upcycling, styling and taking pictures of their famous parents to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Christmas Jumper Day. The level of Christmas creativity sleighed us and we hope that the nation will feel inspired to get involved and create their own one-of-a-kind festive knit. Whether you upcycle, borrow or buy second-hand, by donating £2 to Save the Children you’ll help support Save the Children’s work in the UK and across the world.”
To take part, all people have to do is donate £2 (or £1 for kids) to Save the Children and throw on a silly sweater - whether it’s borrowed, vintage or been spruced up with a trail of tinsel! The money raised goes toward helping disadvantaged children get the food, healthcare and education they need to see the wonder in the world and to believe in a future where anything is possible.
Since launching in 2012 over 20 million people have signed up to take part, raising over an incredible £27 million to help save children's lives all over the world including here in the UK. People are encouraged to fundraise in whatever way works best– whether at home, at school, or on top of Mount Everest, there’s no excuse not to get involved!
Please find a range of quotes from the celebrities taking part in the ‘Christmas Jumper Day kids photoshoot’ series below:
Presenter, musician and Save the Children ambassador Myleene Klass said: “I’ve seen first-hand how the money raised from Christmas Jumper Day can make a tremendous difference to some of the world’s most marginalised children. Having been an ambassador for Save the Children for almost a decade, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to be able to visit some of the programmes both here in the UK and right across the world. The charity’s work is life changing – from helping children get the food, healthcare and education they need – to believing in a future where anything is possible.
Our family love taking part in Christmas Jumper Day every year, and my children loved being able to help with the decorating all the way through to the styling and the shoot! It was very special to do it together, knowing we are making the world a little better with a sweater, helping raise money for an incredibly important cause.”
*Myleene Klass was styled and photographed by Ava aged 14 and Hero aged 10*
Sunday Times Bestseller and famed British influencer ‘Mrs. Hinch’, Sophie Hinchliffe said: “Christmas is such an exciting time in our Hinch home! Everything seems so magical and I love doing little projects with the boys to make everything feel festive and to create special memories with them. Taking part in the Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day photoshoot with Ron taking the photo for us was so much fun, especially with Henry trying to get involved and Lennie watching on too!
I’ll cherish the photos forever and what makes them even more special is that they’re for an amazing cause - The money raised on Christmas Jumper Day makes a huge difference to the most disadvantaged children both in the UK and around the world. We feel so proud to be a part of this campaign and hope you donate and join in on Friday 10th December!”
*Sophie Hinchliffe was styled and photographed by Ronnie aged 2*
Television and Radio presenter and award-winning podcast host Fearne Cotton said: “There is nothing I love more than dressing my whole family up in Christmas jumpers, so it was brilliant to get everyone involved in upcycling an old jumper to ensure I looked my Christmas best. The kids did not shy away from their role as designers, and I’m chuffed with the iconic festive knit they’ve created for me.
Christmas Jumper Day is a real favourite tradition of ours and it’s so simple to get involved – throw on a Christmas jumper on Friday 10th December and help raise money for children less fortunate in the UK and across the world.”
*Fearne Cotton was styled and photographed by Rex aged 8 and Honey aged 6*
Television and radio presenter Ore Oduba said: “My son Roman and I really got into the festive spirit crafting these Christmas jumpers. He loved getting sticky and creative and any chance to take control of the camera!! Just a shame I didn’t give him much to work with!! So wonderful for us to bond over something so fun, yet so meaningful. Now it’s over to you… whether you decide to jazz up an old jumper or shop second-hand, join me and Roman on Friday 10th December to help raise money to support Save the Children’s work around the world.”
*Ore Oduba was styled and photographed by Roman aged 3*
Singer, songwriter and model, Sophie Ellis-Bextor said: “My family are big Christmas people, so we look forward to Christmas Jumper Day every year! My kids had a lot of fun making me look silly in my Christmas jumper and directing me in the shoot but that’s what it’s all about – getting into the spirit of things, having a laugh and of course, making whatever donation you can to Save the Children. I have seen for myself where the money raised on Christmas Jumper Day goes and it really does make a huge difference to some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.”
Actress and DJ, Jaime Winstone said: “I was thrilled to take part in this year’s Christmas Jumper Day kids photoshoot and it was great that I could do it with Raymond at home. I love that Save the Children is encouraging the nation to dig out an old jumper, upcycle or shop second-hand in a bid to make this Christmas Jumper Day the most sustainable yet! Protecting the environment is important to me, so it was great to be able to use Save the Children’s crafting kits which include self-adhesive felt festive shapes.”
*Jaime Winstone was styled and photographed by Raymond aged 5*
Comedian, writer and Save the Children ambassador, Dom Joly said: “As an ex-goth I can be a bit of a grinch at Christmas time, but I can’t resist putting on a novelty festive knit to celebrate Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children. This year Jackson got to dictate what I wore and decided to upcycle an old jumper of mine. He pulled out all the stops and I think that he’s created a fashion masterpiece to rival Yeezy himself!
While it may seem trivial, the simplicity and silliness of Christmas Jumper Day helps raise vital funds to support children who need it the most around the world. I have seen how much of an impact the money raised has on children’s lives and encourage everyone to don a jazzy jumper and donate £2 to the charity on Friday 10th December!”
Actress and Loose Women TV presenter, Sunetra Sarker said: “Noah really enjoyed designing a jumper for me to wear to take part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day kids photoshoot. We would urge everyone to chuck on a festive jumper and donate to Save the Children on Friday 10th December. The work Save the Children does around the world and here in the UK is invaluable to so many children so please join us in helping raise as much money as possible this year.”
*Sunetra Sarker was styled and photographed by Noah aged 15*
To find out more information and to take part in this year’s Christmas Jumper Day visit www.christmasjumperday.org
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Notes to Editors:
The Christmas Jumper Day crafting kits are £3 and available to buy in Save the Children charity shops and online from www.savethechildren.org.uk. 100% of profits from every purchase will go towards helping children get the food, healthcare and education they need to see the wonder in the world.
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