A hospice is asking businesses, schools and nurseries to don Christmas jumpers for a day to raise cash.

St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood is inviting groups to collect money for the charity by taking part in its annual Christmas Jumper Day on December 13.

Last year, the event raised almost £2,000 for the hospice, enough to pay for over two weeks’ worth of physiotherapy for patients either at the hospice or in their own homes.

St Clare fundraising lead, Dani De’ath, said: “St Clare’s Christmas Jumper Day is the perfect way to bring people together at school or in an organisation to start feeling warm and festive during the yuletide season.

“Aside from raising thousands of pounds in vital funding for St Clare, it’s also a great excuse to wear that flashing, light-up jumper you got three Christmases ago that lives at the back of the wardrobe.”

To find out how to host a Christmas Jumper Day in your school or workplace, call the St Clare fundraising team on: 01279 773738.