Wearside workers pulled on their festive knitwear to raise cash for worthy causes this Christmas.
As part of Christmas Jumper Day, more than 40 staff at the Doxford International Business Park headquarters of bus and train operator Arriva took part, raising £5,000 for Save the Children.
Alison Cole, communications director of Arriva, said: “Everyone across Arriva clubbed together superbly for a charity which does so much for so many children.
“Just as importantly, everyone understood why we were trying to raise money for Save the Children.
“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.”
This year’s appeal is being backed by celebrities including Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Ant and Dec, Kimberley Walsh, who stars alongside Sunderland’s Ben Forster in Elf, in London’s West End, and boxer Carl Froch.
Dozens of members of staff at Grundfos, based in Castletown, also got in on the act.
Workers at the firm joined colleagues across the globe to support a clean drinking water project in Vietnam.
The pump manufacturer is supporting the Water2Life charity, which aims to deliver clean drinking water to 10 poor communities in the country within three years.
Grundfos plans to put a solar-driven water system with piping to each of the 10 communities, and is matching money raised by staff.
The team made donations to Water2Life instead of sending Christmas cards and also had a large raffle of gifts donated to the company by suppliers and customers.
Janette Ede, senior environmental, health and society specialist at Grundfos, said people at the Castletown site were keen to get involved with the fund-raising.
“We think it’s important that, as a company, we can give something back, especially to areas of the world that need our help most,” said Janette.
“Christmas is the season for giving and while we were having fun laughing at some quite cheesy festive jumpers, it was good to know we were also raising money for communities who really need our help.”