A WEST Cumbrian charity is calling on people to dig out their festive knitwear to support its cause.

Hospice at Home West Cumbria know that it is different for everyone this year, but say it doesn't matter where you are, whether working from home, or socially distancing, you will still be able to take part in Christmas Jumper day.

Last year around 60 companies, schools and individuals supported the charity, which raised just under £8,000 from the event.

Local businesses and schools in Allerdale and Copeland have already shown an interest in getting involved this year.

Around 30 have signed up including Cumbria Blood Donation team, Learning Land nursery in Workington, Cartmell Shepherd, St James' Infant School in Whitehaven, Iggesund Paperboard, Gibbons & Co, Thomas Armstrong Ltd, New Balance and Energus.

Friends, families and neighbours can also join in by choosing a day in December when they can wear their jumpers, have fun and raise money for charity.

A charity spokesman said: "This year we’ve created a virtual fundraiser pack full of ideas to support the Christmas Jumper Day, it includes fun things to do such as a Christmas quiz and a Guess Santa's Favourite Treat Grid game."

Hospice at Home West Cumbria will be encouraging people to share pictures of their Christmas Jumpers or festive outfits on social media @HospiceatHomeWC throughout the lead up to Christmas.

The charity was established in 1987 and provides palliative and end of life care and support services for people in West Cumbria.

They are the only provider of adult hospice services in the area and are sole providers of specialist lymphoedema care.

Anyone wanting to hold an event can contact Hospice at Home West Cumbria for their virtual fundraising pack.

Email them at: info@hhwc.org.uk

Alternatively if you require more information on how to get involved call the charity on 01900 873173.