Barry Island decorated with giant ‘Christmas Jumper’

Sunday, 10 December 2017

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in Local People

Visitors braving the cold on Barry Island beach were put in the Christmas spirit recently when faced with a giant festive jumper created in the sand to mark Save the Children’s flagship fundraiser, Christmas Jumper Day.

Save the Children teamed up with Pembrokeshire ‘sand circles’ artist, Marc Treanor, to mark the event by creating an unique Christmas jumper design on beaches in Anglesey, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Christmas Jumper Day is back for the sixth year running on Friday, December 15, and is expecting over 5 million people across the UK to take part to help raise money for vulnerable children around the world. Taking part is simple by signing up at christmasjumperday.org, sticking on a seasonal sweater and donating £2.

Schoolchildren from local primary school Ysgol Sant Baruc and the Save the Children’s Ambassador in Wales and former S4C and HTV weather presenter Jenny Ogwen, who lives in Barry, staff and supporters of the charity joined Marc at the beach to help him create and capture the artwork.

Marc Treanor said: “When I was approached by Save the Children to re-create a Christmas Jumper on a beach, I jumped at the chance to help. Beaches are not traditionally associated with Christmas, so I am looking forward to the challenge of working on Welsh beaches in December, and supporting a great charity which helps children all over the world as well as here in Wales.”

Louise Davies, the head of Save the Children in Wales added: “We’re thrilled to have the support of talented artists and famous names to promote this year’s Christmas Jumper Day in Wales.

“All money raised could help give a child living in a refugee camp clothes to keep them warm through winter, help us buy nutritious food for their entire family, or set up a safe space to give children the chance to be children again.

“It could also help our work in some of the most deprived communities in Wales supporting families through our programme work.”

People can donate £5 directly to the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day fund via text by sending TEAMSTCCYMRU to 70050.

To register to take part on Friday, December 15 and receive a free fundraising pack visit christmasjumperday.org. Welsh language fundraising packs and posters are also available to download from the website once registered.

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