’TIS the season to be jolly!
And what better way to show it than by donning some special festive knitwear?
People across South Tyneside took part in Christmas Jumper Day yesterday.
The Yuletide initiative aimed to raise funds for Save the Children, a charity that provides relief and support to children in developing countries.
Staff at Radio South Tyneside, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, and South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group all got involved in the festive fun.
South Tynesider Tracy Babiczuk also sent us a fun snap of herself and nine-year-old son, Charlie, wearing matching seasonal knits.
Staff and students at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, in Hebburn also got involved.
Helen Barrass, assistant headteacher of the school, in Mill Lane, said: “This was something that started as a bit of a trend with our sixth form pupils last year, and this year, the younger students had asked if they could get involved too – and then the staff joined in.
“It was amazing to see everyone in their jumpers and it was a really fun day.
“It’s for a great cause as well, especially when you think that just £2 can buy antibiotics for a child who needs them.
“The day really was all about festive cheer and it was great to think the school was providing hope for other children.”
To donate £2, text WOOLLY to 70050.
Meanhwile, staff and service users at Father James Walsh Centre in Hebburn, donned their festive woolies and took part in games of dominoes to help raise cash for fundraising group The Cruse Crew. The team – made up of families from South Tyneside who have suffered a bereavement in recent times – are trying to raise £30,000 to enable Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside to bring its children’s and young people’s service to South Tyneside. Currently families need to travel to Newcastle to access the service.
The charity was chosen after activity support worker Kayleigh Lackland has seen first hand how the death of a parent can affect children.
The father of her best friend’s children Karl Carson died earlier this year in a cliff-top tragedy.
Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside has been supporting his children as they struggle to come to terms with losing their father.
Miss Lackland said: “Everyone has had such a good time and really getting into the Christmas spirit wearing their festive jumpers and hats.
“I’d just like to thank everyone who has donated. The cause is one which is really close to my heart, as I’ve seen what Laura’s children are going through.
“I put the charity forward to benefit from the day as I wanted to do something to help. The support from the service users and staff has been overwhelming.
“I’d also like to thank the manager Ann McColl for letting me hold the fundraising day for the charity as I know how much it will mean to the families.”