Guest Blog: Martha Mackenzie "Getting Silly for a serious cause"

Getting silly for a serious cause

This Friday, millions of Britons will don their best festive knitwear in aid of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. This annual silly celebration brings together churches, communities and classrooms across Britain behind a very serious cause: ending global poverty.

Earlier this year the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, wrote that Britain is a “big-hearted, open-minded and far-sighted” nation. She is absolutely right. As a nation, we are uniquely moved by a collective compassion towards those in need – and nothing captures this quite like Christmas Jumper Day.

Last year, five million Brits took part – and since 2012, Save the Children has raised £17 million for children like Exodus. Exodus was only six months old when he arrived at Bidi Bidi camp in North Uganda. Stella, Exodus’ mum, fled South Sudan with her four children when her husband was killed. She had to leave everything behind. Exodus had been ill for three days with a cough, vomiting and fever before he was brought to Save the Children’s emergency health team. He was diagnosed with malaria, treated immediately, and given routine childhood vaccinations to protect him from other illnesses. Stella and her family were safe, and Exodus was happy and healthy.

All around the world, these simple life-saving moments are made possible thanks to the Great British Public. Whether it is through the donations given to charities like Save the Children, or through the tremendous power of UK Aid, these individual acts of kindness are transforming children’s futures.

Sometimes global poverty can feel overwhelming. But things are getting better. So, join us this Christmas Jumper day to celebrate this progress – and to pledge your support to ending global poverty once and for all.

There are lots of ways you can get involved. Firstly – visit the Christmas Jumper Day website and sign up to wear a jumper or run an event of your own.

If you’re an MP, you can also pop along to the Christmas Jumper Day photo-booth in Parliament on 12th December in Interview Room 2, in Portcullis House, between 12.30 and 2.30pm. There will be plenty of jumpers and even a few mince-pies.

Thanks to individual Brit’s doing their bit this Christmas, more children than ever before are surviving and learning.

By Martha Mackenzie, Save the Children