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Spread the Christmas jumper joy at fundraising world record attempt

If you’re starting to get into the festive spirit, why not don your Christmas jumper and come along to Loughborough University on 10 December to join the hundreds who’ll be gathering to break the winter woolly world record?

The event is being held as part of the national Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser, which is aiming to “make the world better with a sweater.” Now in its third year, the event has raised more than £1.6 million to date to help give children around the world a brighter future.

Sarah Haar, Loughborough University’s Corporate Social Responsibility Intern, is coordinating the Loughborough event.

“We want to raise as much money as we can for Save the Children and set a new world record at the same time,” she says.

“The Guinness world record currently stands at 639, but I’m sure we can beat that easily. We want to see as many local people from all around Loughborough on the campus wearing their Christmas woollies. They can be tasteful (or not!), bought or homemade, it really doesn’t matter, just as long as they’re suitably festive.”

The world record attempt will take place on Wednesday 10 December from 12.30pm at the newly landscaped Shirley Pearce Square, in front of Martin Hall on the Loughborough University campus. There will also be a Christmas farmers’ market so you can stock up on festive fare and music to keep you entertained.

“All we’re asking is that everyone donates £2 and then enjoys the festivities, it’s that simple,” says Sarah. “So if you’ve got a bit of time to spare at lunchtime on 10 December, we’d love to see you on campus. And don’t forget to tell all your family and friends!”

Pre-registration for the event isn’t required, but if you let us have your contact details at we can keep you informed about the day.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 14/210

1.  Photo: Vice Chancellor Bob Allison (centre), Students’ Union President Rob Whittaker (second from left) and members of the Students’ Union Executive model their Christmas jumpers.

2.  Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities


Hannah Baldwin
Head of PR
Loughborough University
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