Scottish statues don Christmas jumpers for charity

The Penguin statues in Dundee dressed in Christmas jumpers as part of Macmillan's  Text Santa Christmas appeal.
The Penguin statues in Dundee dressed in Christmas jumpers as part of Macmillan's Text Santa Christmas appeal.
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Statues in Dundee and Aberdeen donned festive sweaters yesterday to raise awareness of Christmas Jumper Day.

Desperate Dan, Minnie the Minx and penguins in Dundee city centre, together with Youth with Split Apple at New King’s College in Aberdeen, were among statues in seven cities across the UK getting into the festive spirit ahead of the Text Santa fundraising event on December 18th.

The Lounging Student statue outside King's College in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The Lounging Student statue outside King's College in Aberdeen, Scotland.

As part of the ITV’s Text Santa appeal, which this year is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Make A Wish UK and Save the Children, people are encouraged to wear a Christmas jumper and donate money.

Among other statues wearing Christmas woollies were Bristol’s Cary Grant and Newcastle’s Man with Potential Selves as well as The Yard Men in Belfast, People Like Us in Cardiff, and Platforms Piece at Brixton Railway Station in London.

The money raised by Text Santa will go towards funding Macmillan nurses and other essential workers to help people affected by cancer, granting magical wishes to children with life-threatening conditions and helping to transform the lives of children in the UK and abroad.

Isla Dewar, Macmillan’s Area Fundraising Manager for North Scotland, said: “We’re so excited that people across the UK are coming together, statues included, to do their bit in a festive knit for Christmas Jumper Day.

The Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx statues in Dundee dressed in Christmas jumpers.

The Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx statues in Dundee dressed in Christmas jumpers.

“Everyone can join in. By wearing a Christmas jumper on Friday December 18th and donating to Text Santa, you’ll be helping families in difficulty at Christmas.”

To sign up for Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day visit www.itv.com/textsanta

You can also get involved by sharing photos of the statues in jumpers on Twitter using the hashtags #xmasjumperday and #textsanta