Stephen Timms has shown his support for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day by donning his festive woolly to help raise money to save children’s lives.

The fundraising day, which is thought to be the first of its kind, will see schoolchildren and office workers all swapping uniforms for jolly knitwear featuring woolly reindeers to cross stitched snowmen. Over 650,000 people across the UK will be taking part and supporting Save the Children's vital work that helps the world's most vulnerable children.

With support from celebrities including Samantha Cameron, Myleene Klass, Jon Snow, Ashley Jensen, Alison Steadman and Mark Wright amongst others, Christmas Jumper Day is seeing the time honoured tradition making a huge comeback.

Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children said: “Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day has really caught the imagination of the UK – hundreds of thousands of people across the country from Dungannon to Dartford, Dolgellau to Dundee have donned a festive sweater to save children's lives. And it's not too late to join in!”

Save the Children works in more than 120 countries. They save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential. In the world's poorest countries, more than 7 million children die every year from easily preventable causes like diarrhoea and malnutrition. Donning a jumper and making a donation will help pay for items such a mosquito nets and vaccines which help save children's lives.

Pulling on his festive reindeer jumper, Mr Timms said: “Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day is a terrific way to use the fun of the Christmas season to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. I am delighted to be able to offer my support to such a brilliant campaign that will improve the lives of vulnerable children here in the UK and overseas. I hope as I am out and about in East Ham today, I will see plenty more jumpers adorned with reindeers, snowmen and Christmas trees!”

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