Kind-hearted care home staff jumped to it and put on their festive finery for a children’s charity.

The Christmas Jumper Day at the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham was organised in aid of Save the Children.

Each member of staff and some residents donated £2 each to wear big and bold yule tide sweaters raising a stocking full of cash for the global charity.

The final amount will be topped up by a donation of an extra £1 for every person who took part by the Pendine Community and Arts Trust which supports a host of community causes and 18 arts organisations.

The fund-raiser was the idea of senior manager Jen Roberts who was delighted with the number of staff who backed the charity day.

She said: “It’s a bit of a silly event that does some serious good around the world. Paying just £2 to come to work in a Christmas jumper might just mean that a starving child gets a hot meal instead of no meal at all.

“The charity supports and protects children from preventable yet deadly diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia.

“And the charity needs support and financial backing so it can reach children forgotten simply because they were born in a remote village, or because they are girls or refugees or have a disability or are from a minority ethnic group.

“The money we raise here in Wrexham will make the world of difference to children in desperate need of help and at least give them a chance to actually be children again.”

She added: “It’s brilliant that so many members of staff took part and came to work wearing their Christmas sweaters. It’s been a lovely day and we have had a real laugh, residents have enjoyed it too and some have took part.”

Speaking at the Pendine Academy of Social Care, proprietor Mario Kreft MBE said: “It never ceases to amaze me just how our staff back good causes. They raise significant amounts of money every year for a range of good causes.

“They never have to be asked or pushed to do anything. They take a charitable cause to heart and give it everything they have.”

He added; “The idea behind Christmas Jumper Day is inspired. It’s such a simple but effective way of raising money for what is a very good charity and a very worthy cause.

“I’m delighted so many members of staff have taken part and even some residents have joined in. Save the Children is a charity my wife Gill and I are always keen to support.

”Earlier this year the same generosity of spirit has helped us raise more than £2,000 for an orphanage in Kenya.”