Barry Island Beach Decorated with Giant Christmas Jumper
Visitors braving the cold on Barry Island Beach were put in the Christmas spirit earlier this week 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.
“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.” - Marc Treanor, Artist
Christmas Jumper Day is back for the sixth year running on Friday 15 December 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.
School children 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.
“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 through wacky woolly-wearing 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.” - Louise Davies, Head of Save the Children in Wales
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 15 December and receive a free fundraising pack visit christmasjumperday.org.