TRANSPORT chiefs raised more than £5,000 by getting into the Christmas spirit.
More than 130 staff at the Doxford headquarters of bus and train operator Arriva, took part in Christmas Jumper Day, for the Save the Children charity last Friday. Bosses added to the total to take it to the £5,000 mark.
Alison Cole, communications director of Arriva, said: “This year was Save the Children’s biggest ever Christmas Jumper Day, so we were all delighted to be involved, along with the other one million people in the UK who took part.
“Everyone clubbed together superbly for a cause which does so much for so many children. To do our bit and reach the £5,000 fundraising target was fantastic.
“It was a great day with a variety of wild and wacky Christmas jumpers on show.
“Our executive directors were also delighted to take part and proudly posed for photographs at a recent board meeting. It really was a charity event for everyone.
“Just as importantly, however, everyone understood just why we were trying to raise money for Save the Children, as just £2 can help to save lives in some of the toughest parts of the world, and give children living in poverty in the UK a chance in life.”
Service users and staff at Sunderland’s Hopewood Park hospital also got involved raising about £100.
Service manager Suzanne Miller and divisional manager, Ron Weddle, said: “Everyone has really got involved in the festive spirit and we have seen some amazing jumpers, especially those which were flashing.
“It has been a fun day which has been enjoyed across Hopewood Park and I would like to thank everyone for their support for this good cause.”