X Factor star Jack Walton wants you to join in with Christmas Jumper Day fundraiser

X Factor contestant Jack Walton backs Mission Christmas at Radio Aire, in Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme
X Factor contestant Jack Walton backs Mission Christmas at Radio Aire, in Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme
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X Factor star Jack Walton is urging Leeds to get behind a YEP-backed gift giving appeal by donning a festive jumper in aid of charity next week.

The 18-year-old Castleford singer, who is the latest patron of 96.3 Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids charity, hopes the city joins him in taking part in the charity’s Christmas Jumper Day in aid of the Mission Christmas toy appeal on December 10.

The event is aimed at getting businesses and residents in the Christmas spirit by donning festive attire, while each participant donates £1 to the charity appeal which is bidding to ensure that the most needy children in West Yorkshire wake up to a Christmas gift this year.

Fundraising will help Cash for Kids buy gifts for young people, although you can also donate gifts to the charity yourself via its collection points at the Crown Point Shopping Park and elsewhere.

Every gift donated to the appeal’s drop off points, which can all be found online, will be wrapped and distributed by Cash for Kids to brighten the lives of some of the most vulnerable and deprived children in the region.

Jack, who was voted off the X Factor during the live shows, said: “Wear your Christmas jumper to work or school and help raise funds for sick and deprived children across West Yorkshire this Christmas.”

On being announced a patron, he added: “The charity is close to my heart as it’s close to home and I’ve lived with people and know people who would benefit from support for Cash for Kids.”

Mission Christmas sends gifts to organisations helping some of the county’s most needy children, including Martin House Hospice, Candlelighters, local children’s hospitals, Barnardo’s and social services.

Last year’s record-breaking appeal saw Mission Christmas deliver more than £828,000 worth of gifts to over 15,000 children across the region.

Lisa Sullivan, charity manager at Cash for Kids, said: “This will really help boost our profile which in turn means we can help more needy children in West Yorkshire.”

To find out more information about the Mission Christmas toy appeal or to donate, visit stores at Crown Point Shopping Park, visit www.radioaire.com/missionchristmas or call 0113 2835555. You can also text AIRE to 70070 to donate £5.


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