Student shop SUpplies find festive sweater success in first year selling Christmas jumpers to staff and students

By Alexander Hodgkins-Jones

 

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Festive fun: First-year student Charlotte Coburn is celebrating Christmas Jumper Day 2018 at DMU

Today marks Christmas Jumper Day 2018 and for the first-time festive fundraisers can grab their garb directly from the campus shop.

This is the first year that you can buy a De Montfort University themed Christmas jumper, available in two designs, directly from the Students’ Union shop SUpplies.

Students and staff alike are being encouraged to don a jumper around campus and donate towards the annual festive fundraising campaign organised by Save the Children.

Wendy, a sales assistant at SUpplies said: “We’ve pondered the idea for a few years now, but this is our first year selling Christmas jumpers.

“It has been very successful.”

SUpplies have sold almost half of their stock of the £15 jumpers since launching them last week, proving the festive spirit is truly alive and well around campus.

Charlotte Coburn, a first-year student, had already brought her own jumper for the event and donated the customary £2 to the Save the Children campaign.

Charlotte said: “I do Christmas jumper day every year, it’s a fun way to raise some money for a good cause.

“The jumpers being sold look great, but I already had mine, which I must admit I have pinched from my boyfriend so maybe next year I’ll grab a DMU one.”

Wendy confirmed the success from this year meant it was “very likely” the jumpers would be sold again next year and suggested more designs will be available.

She said: “We will be looking at some new designs next year because we have sold so many this year.”

Save the Children launched the campaign in 2012 and encourage people wearing one on the day to donate £2 towards their cause.

All of the money raised goes towards supporting children in developing countries.

If you would like to donate, please go to the Save the Children website at: christmasjumperday.org

About her jumper, Charlotte said: “It’s definitely got a lot going on, I think the more garish the better!”

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