Dump your Christmas jumper at a Hospice shop!

Foyle Hospice staff and chaplain, Bishop Edward Daly pictured with Mayor, Brenda Stevenson at the launch of Foyle Hospice 'Jumper Dumpster' Campaign.
Foyle Hospice staff and chaplain, Bishop Edward Daly pictured with Mayor, Brenda Stevenson at the launch of Foyle Hospice 'Jumper Dumpster' Campaign.

The Mayor of Derry City Council, Brenda Stevenson was on hand this weekto help local charity Foyle Hospice launch its newest post-Christmas campaign.

Just as the last piece of turkey has been carved and the last cracker pulled, Foyle Hospice fundraising and charity shops team are not resting on their laurels. The “Dump UR Jumper” campaign has now gone live in all Foyle Hospice shops .

Foyle Hospice’s Area Retail Manager, Jacqueline McGinley said, “We are asking the general public to donate their Christmas jumpers from this year’s festivities in aid of this very worthwhile local charity. The jumpers will then be kept in storage and offered for sale across all five retail outlets in Derry, Strabane, Limavady and Castlederg next year for what has become widely known as “Christmas Jumper Day”, office parties and other events.”

Foyle Hospice welcomes all sizes and varieties of Christmas jumpers including adults and children’s sizes. Christmas Onesies would also be greatly appreciated, as would other items of Christmas novelty clothing and we would also encourage local business to participate in this event by encouraging their staff to donate their Christmas jumper at work. Why take up space in your wardrobe with an item of clothing that you won’t wear for at least twelve months? It is likely that by the time Christmas comes around again, you might even forget where you’ve left it or you might want to treat yourself to a new one anyway.

Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, visited staff and patients at Foyle Hospice on Christmas Eve and fully endorsed the campaign by saying, “I am delighted to highlight this novel campaign, which is a great way to support the Hospice over Christmas. I know the Christmas jumper craze is extremely popular at the moment – we had a great showing of festive fashion at my own Christmas Jumper Day in Derry City Council – so most people will have a jumper tucked away in a drawer unused over the next year. She added, “I would encourage everyone to dump their jumpers in aid of such a good cause and take the opportunity to spread some festive cheer this Christmas.”

It is hoped that this initiative will enable the Foyle Hospice to ofer a wide range of jumpers to the general public for sale in Christmas 2015. The Christmas jumper phenomena is something that has really taken off in Northern Ireland over the last five years and it is a really fun way of celebrating the start of the Christmas season. Foyle Hospice see this as a novel way of making use of Christmas jumpers rather than let them sit at the back of a wardrobe, in a drawer – to give them a new owner for the following year with a new Christmas story to tell. Our “Jumper Dumpsters” will be available in all five of our charity shops from Monday 5th January 2015. We can also arrange bulk collections from places of work. Alternatively you can drop your jumpers into our Fundraising Office at 61 Culmore Road.