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Sunderland’s Jesus joins Christmas jumper drive

Theatre actor Ben Forster models a Christmas jumper for Save the Childrens 2012 Christmas Jumper Day.

Theatre actor Ben Forster models a Christmas jumper for Save the Childrens 2012 Christmas Jumper Day.

STARS are woolling people to give their support to a charity as it launches its winter campaign.

Ben Forster, who won the title lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour earlier this year, is among those to sign up to the Save the Children fund-raiser.

He is urging people to pull on their Christmas jumper on Friday, December 14, with a £1 donation suggested in return for wearing woollies.

The former Thornhill School student joins fellow Wearsider Lauren Laverne (right) who will lead an evening of music in London in aid of the charity on the same day.

Cash collected through the kitsch knit event and the acoustic Christmas Trees Sessions will help save the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, protecting them from easily preventable causes of illness and death, including diarrhoea and malnutrition.

Ben will be wearing a jumper decorated with snowflakes on the day, which coincides with final rehearsal sessions for the Rocky Horror Show.

The 31-year-old, from Millfield, will play Brad in the show’s 40th anniversary tour, which will visit Sunderland Empire in February.

“I’ll be trying to get the rest of the cast to wear one too,” he said.

“It’s a good way to get involved and it’s such a simple thing which can help.

“And schools can do it – everyone can join in.”

He added: “Just £1 can make a difference, £3 can help buy a mosquito net, and £5 can go such a long way to help those in poverty.”

Details about the sweater day can be found at www.savethechildren.org,uk/jumpers.

Alternatively go to www.facebook.com/xmasjumperday.

The campaign can be followed on Twitter via @savechildrenuk

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