Millers stars back Christmas jumper campaign for children's hospice

By David Parker | 09/11/2018

Millers stars back Christmas jumper campaign for children's hospice
from left, Rotherham United's Richie Towell, Ellie Matthews of Bluebell Wood, Anna Gott of Bluebell Wood, Rotherham United's Semi Ayaji.

STAR players from Rotherham United are encouraging people to don a Christmas jumper to raise money for children and young adults whose lives are just too short.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is holding its annual Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, December 7, and is asking companies, sports teams, schools and community groups to get involved.

People can take part by getting their friends, family, classmates or work colleagues to wear a festive jumper on December 7 or any other day before Christmas and donate a minimum of £1 per person to Bluebell Wood.

Among those already donning their festive knitwear at the New York Stadium in support of the campaign are players Joshua Kayode and Joe Mattock (pictured above), Richie Towell and Semi Ajayi.

Will Vaulks, an ambassador for Bluebell Wood who volunteers for the charity every week, and Joe Newell (pictured above) have also put their Christmas jumpers on to back the drive.

Players and staff from Rotherham United will be visiting families at the hospice in the run up to Christmas, as they do every year.

Jamie Noble, head of community at Rotherham United, said: “Bluebell Wood is a cause close to our hearts at Rotherham United.

“We love supporting the charity, especially at Christmas, when some families are going through very tough times.

“Everyone at the club gets involved and we all see it as our job to help put a smile on people’s faces.”

Anna Gott, community fundraiser for Bluebell Wood in the Rotherham area, said: “Every penny raised will help families across the region to make special memories together and mean that Bluebell Wood can continue to provide the support they need, from end of life treatment and care and counselling, to music therapy and sibling groups. 

“Whether you take part with a couple of friends or with dozens of work colleagues, we're really looking forward to seeing people’s Christmas jumper photos.”

People taking part in the day are asked to share their festive jumper selfies on social media, tagging Bluebell Wood at @bluebellwoodch, with the hashtag #Dontbeasweaterscrooge

People can download a fundraising pack or make a donation by visiting Bluebell Wood's website.

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