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Staff in offices across the UK are donning their festive woolies in aid of one of the biggest children’s charities today.
It’s the 11th year of Save the Children’s annual Christmas jumper appeal and the organisation is hoping to raise more than the £5million it generated in 2022.
And this month, bosses are focusing their efforts on helping those youngsters who have been caught up in the Israel-Hamas conflict in Palestine.
Since the national day began back in 2012, Save the Children has raised over £35 million for children across the globe.
Just last year, over two million schoolchildren and 24,000 work places took part.
And footballers and other high profile celebrities have taken to X (formally known as Twitter) to show off their winter wonderland woolies.
Save the Children’s belief is: “In a world where every child has a chance of the future they deserve. With children, for children, we change the future for good.”
The Institute of Government and Public Policy released a statement in May saying that there is an estimated 14.5 million people living in poverty in the UK, 4.3 million of whom are children.
Due to the number of children living in poverty, 33% of those will fall behind in their education, and a further 23% of children living in poverty in England will miss the expected language development by five.
A Bernardo’s report released last October revealed that one in five households has struggled to provide sufficient food due to the cost-of-living crisis, and that 26% said their child’s mental health has suffered because of it.
Last year, the UK Government donated £2million to the £5million raised.
In 2022, Save the Children gave out 2,300 direct grants to low-income families, which means that parents could provide essentials such as food, warm clothes, and beds for their families.
As well as the fundamental work done the UK, the charity helps children internationally.
In the same 12 months, the charity’s child health and nutrition programmes reached out to 33 million children.
Across the globe, one in five children miss routine vaccinations and to combat this, Save the Children’s “No Child Born to Die” campaign obtained £1 billion in a government pledge to help vaccinate over 300 million young ones in poorer countries.