Save The Children Christmas jumper campaign: Alison Steadman, Jon Snow, Lauren Laverne, Erin O"Connor

It's Christmas jumper time! Lauren Laverne, Erin O'Connor, Alison Steadman and friends wear festive knits for Save The Children (but not the 945 one on Net-a-Porter, though…)
Myleene Klass, TOWIE's Mark Wright and Jon Snow also involved in Make The World Better With A Sweater campaignFriday 14 December is official Christmas Jumper DayMeanwhile, Net-a-Porter opens its festive knit shop – come armed with a credit card…



13:13 GMT, 20 November 2012

Anything Sarah Lund can do, British celebrities will have a jolly good bash at doing better.

The Danish star of The Killing is famed for her character's predilection for wooly Faroese jumpers, whatever the season.

And now a gaggle of charitable ladies and gents from our very own isle have donned a selection of merry Christmas sweaters to raise money for Save The Children – and famous faces involved include Laurene Laverne, Erin O'Connor, Alison Steadman and Jon Snow.

DJ and musician Lauren Laverne becomes one of Santa's elves in her Christmas jumper

Alison Steadman opts for a starry night and leaping reindeer

DJ Lauren Laverne, left, and actress Alison Steadman, right, modelling their charitable sweaters

The celebrities – who also include TOWIE's Mark Wright, singer Myleene Klass and Superstar winner Ben Forster – are backing a campaign to 'make the world better with a sweater'.

And now people across the UK are being invited to take part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 14 December, wearing a kitsch festive pullover in
exchange for a 1 donation.

TOWIE star Mark Wright channels Santa's visit on Christmas Eve with his red jumper

Former Hear'Say singer Myleene Klass goes all out with tinsel, a cracker and a Christmas hat

TOWIE's Mark Wright, left, and singer Myleene Klass, right, opt for traditional red festive jumpers

A charity spokesman said: 'All money raised will help save the lives of the world's most vulnerable children.

'In the world's poorest countries, more than 7 million children die every year from easily preventable causes like diarrhoea and malnutrition.

Those who sign up to Save The Children's campaign will receive access to online knitting patterns for making merry sweaters at home

'Simple solutions, like vaccines and mosquito nets save lives – so by getting friends and colleagues to take part in Save the Children's Christmas Jumper day on 14 December, you can help make a real difference.'

To take part in Christmas Jumper Day visit the Save The Children website, on which you will find information about signing up.

Those who sign up – either individually or as part of a school group – will receive information packs and online access to knitting patterns for making your own merry sweater.

Have a thrifty, charitable Christmas!

Model Erin O'Connor proves that even Christmas jumpers can be sexy

Superstar winner Ben Forster models a grey and red jumper for Save The Children

Model Erin O'Connor, left, proves even Christmas jumpers can be sexy, while Superstars winner Ben Forster chooses a grey design with reindeer detail


Actress Vicky McClure opted for a maroon sweater with blue snowflakes

Actress Vicky McClure opted for a maroon sweater with blue snowflakes

Around the world

3 can buy a mosquito net for a child in South Sudan, protecting them from malaria50 can buy 25 warm blankets for babies suffering from pneumonia260 can buy 100 sets of school textbooks for children in Ethiopia, giving them the chance of a better education500 can train five health workers to identify and treat children suffering from malnutrition

In the UK

5 can buy a warm blanket for a baby to ensure they get the sleep they need to develop25 can buy a school uniform to ensure children can attend school like any other child, free from bullying150 can buy a proper bed for a child so they don't have to sleep on the floor

Newsreader Jon Snow does his best Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer impression in support of Save The Children

Newsreader Jon Snow does his best Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer impression in support of Save The Children


Meadham Kirchhoff metallic-embroidered sweater

Meadham Kirchhoff metallic-embroidered sweater

If you have a juicy Christmas bonus to spend and fancy getting your kicks with a fashion fabulous Christmas jumper, head for online designer fashion emporium Net-a-Porter.

The website has opened its festive knitwear department, offering exclusive jumpers including the 945 bauble-covered design from Meadham Kirchhoff, right.

The elaborate red knitted sweater was inspired by the 1960s gift paper that Benjamin Kirchhoff wrapped Edward Meadham's presents in.

The piece features beaded intricate Zardozi metallic embroidery.

But if that's a little out of your price range, the luxury site has other offerings, including a 396 white Moschino jumper decorated with a reindeer, and a grey 355 Tibi sweater featuring a giant penguin.

Extras actress Ashley Jensen tops her Christmas ensemble with a festive little hat

Presenter Lisa Snowdon wears navy to support Save The Children

Extras actress Ashley Jensen, left, tops her jumper with a hat, while presenter Lisa Snowdon goes for an oversized blue style

VV Brown matches her Christmas jumper to her lipstick

VV Brown matches her Christmas jumper to her lipstick

TOWIE's Mark Wright wraps presents while wearing his snowman jumper

TOWIE's Mark Wright wraps presents while wearing his snowman jumper