Christmas Jumper Day

Teams across the Brothers of Charity Services took part in Text Santa’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday the 18th of December, wearing fantastic Christmas jumpers. Text Santa is an annual fundraising appeal run by ITV, whose aim is to give hope to families in difficulty. This year the chosen charities were Save the Children, Make-A-Wish UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Since Text Santa first launched in 2011, more than £21 million has been raised to help support 22 different charities and the significant awareness around the vital work they do. The money raised helps families who are affected by crisis, helps to fund nurses so those who have cancer get the care they need, and to grant wishes to children who are fighting life-threatening conditions.

A text, phone or bank donation to Text Santa is shared equally between the charities, that Text Santa chooses. This year 100% of the donations received are shared equally between Save the Children, Make-A-Wish UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. The money goes directly to help support vital work in the UK and abroad.

Save the Children UK are on the ground in 120 countries. They are there for children in their toughest moments in the toughest places, they do whatever it takes to save the children. It doesn’t matter where they are born, Save the Children UK work with children from their first moments of life. The pioneering work that they do helps to get children healthcare, food and water, safety and education that they need to survive, thrive and gives them a chance to fulfil their potential.

Since 1986 Make-A-Wish UK has turned wishes of more than 9,000 seriously ill children into magical realities. Make-A-Wish UK grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of young people and children who are fighting life-threatening conditions. They create memories to treasure forever, no matter what the future may hold. A wish gives the seriously ill children and their family time away from the daily struggles of living with the serious condition.

Macmillan Cancer Support believes nobody should face cancer alone. As Britain’s leading cancer support charity, with 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK today, they know that cancer can take over your whole life, along with those living around you. MacMillan’s nurses and other professionals work tirelessly to help individuals and their families. The team help with medical, practical, financial and emotional support. The team are committed to providing expert care through treatment, beyond and taking back control of their life.

The Salvation Army United Kingdom Territory, called to be disciples of Jesus Christ along with the Republic of Ireland exists to save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity. They help churches and community, children and families’, homelessness, human trafficking, older people, people in poverty, reuniting families, unemployment, domestic abuse and international development. There are many different ways you can help The Salvation Army, these include; donations, fundraising, volunteering, sharing a prayer, leaving a gift in your will and many more.

The charities were selected this year from a pool of who had already registered an interest in working in partnership with ITV. Along with the charities who shared the same vision and ambition to build a significant appeal to help families in difficulty.

Teams across the Brothers of Charity Services have taken part in this festive season of fundraising, by wearing fantastic Christmas jumpers. We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who got involved and joined in to raise money for such a great cause, the teams across Lancashire raised money for The Salvation Army and for Text Santa in Merseyside!

Ben, a Business Support Apprentice won the best jumper competition for the Brothers of Charity Services in Lancashire, judged by Heather Vickerman, Director of Care, with his home made jumper made with beading and bauble details.

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