Alex Cunningham has donned a festive sweater to demonstrate his support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign.
Labour’s Stockton North MP joined supporters and campaigners around the country for the third annual Christmas Jumper Day as part of Save the Children’s woolly revolution to make the world “better with a sweater”. All money raised from Christmas Jumper Day will go towards helping the most vulnerable children in the world.
According to Save the Children, globally, 6.6 million children still die before their fifth birthday every year, most from easily preventable illnesses like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia. Some don’t survive simply because they can’t get enough nutritious food.
In the UK, 3.5 million children are living in poverty. Too many families here can’t afford nutritious food, heating, household essentials like a cooker, or good quality childcare. While their peers come to school well fed, well rested and well prepared to learn, these poorer children are missing out on a fair start in life.
“I am delighted to continue my support for Save the Children and to help raise funds for its vital work in the UK and around the world. And what better way to do this than to get into the festive spirit and take part in their Christmas Jumper Day campaign.
“The money raised will help to save lives in some of the toughest parts of the world, and give children living in poverty here in the UK the chance to fulfil their potential.
“The suggested donation of just £2 could buy 18 sachets of oral rehydration treatment for children suffering from life-threatening diarrhoea while a single pound could buy antibiotics to treat three newborn babies with potentially deadly infections, proving that a little really can go a long way towards saving lives.”