Christmas Jumper Day – 201419 Mar 2015
Christmas Jumper Day 2014
Every year, we have a competition to see who can wear the cheesiest Christmas-themed jumper. The premise of our competition is very simple: pay a small donation and wear a cheesy jumper. We all vote on who has managed to find the most festive top and they get a prize. There’s usually mince pies and other Christmasy food on sale too, with all the proceeds going to charity.
Not only does a day of silly shirts and tasty treats get us ready for a fun and festive season, it’s also a great way to raise money for a charity that helps so many over the holiday season.
All the money that gets donated goes straight to the charity Papyrus.
It wasn’t just the vibrant colours that really set this year’s winner jumper apart from the rest or even the traditional design and message: it was the fact that—with the help of a battery and some LEDs—the fire actually moved! You can’t get much more dynamic than that!! So here he is, the winner of the 2014 OpenCRM Christmas Jumper Competition: Paul Ryder, Operations Director.
In 2013, the team must have been feeling a wee bit nostalgic as the overall theme of the winning jumper definitely had a little of the traditional, Nordic jumper that features in so many Christmas cards…although, the reindeer hat helped! The winner of the 2013 OpenCRM Christmas Jumper Competition: Phil Marsay, Technical Director.
Who are we doing this for?
The Christmas season can be a difficult time for a lot of people. There is so much stress and pressure associated with the holidays that it can be an especially tough time for people who may already be struggling.
We chose to donate our Christmas Jumper Competition money to Papyrus because we felt that their mission to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives is especially important during this time of year.
Papyrus work to shatter the stigma around suicide and equip young people and their communities, with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
They work hard to:
- Provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person
- Give guidance to professionals about what they can do to help
- Influence national policy through social campaigning