By Oliver Lines
A WORLD record has been set today for the most Christmas jumpers.
Organised by Save the Children for Christmas Jumper Day, 305 people across the country jumped on trampolines, wearing Christmas jumpers, at 9am to set the world record.
And businesses across Leeds supported the project – posting photos of their festive knitwear on Twitter.
— Law at Leeds (@Law_Leeds) December 16, 2016
— Leeds Libraries (@leedslibraries) December 16, 2016
— NHS Leeds West CCG (@NHSLeedsWest) December 16, 2016
— WYG Group (@wyggroup) December 16, 2016
The effort was led by Save the Children ambassador Natasha Kaplinsky, who said: “I recently went to Rwanda and Lebanon to see for myself the kind of work they do to give every child an equal chance through education and life-saving healthcare, no matter who or where they are.
“By meeting children that benefit from the charity’s support, I saw first-hand how the money raised from Christmas Jumper Day could make a life-changing difference to the most vulnerable children around the world.”
Save the Children designated Friday 16 December national Christmas Jumper Day, with wearers in schools or offices asked to donate £2 to the charity.
So far, over £145,000 has been raised to help millions of children around the world who live in poverty.
The charity says that money from Christmas Jumper Day will give children access to basic things like education, healthcare, protection and food.
Helena Wiltshire at Save the Children said: “A huge thank you and well done to everyone who took part today to create a new world record.
“We are so grateful to all the fantastic school children who jumped in their Christmas jumpers today to support Save the Children’s work.
“The world record attempt has been such a fun, silly way to raise awareness of important issues.”