Festive fundraiser is nearly through her December jumper challenge

A festive fundraiser has worn a different Christmas jumper every day in December to raise much-needed funds for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

This is the seventh year that Kelly Simpson, 39, from Northallerton, has fundraised for the charity to support family friend Susanne Driffield whose 10 year old son lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Over the seven years, Kelly has raised more than £2,500.

Kelly kicked off this year’s challenge with a Christmas jumper showing a gingerbread man wearing a face mask. She has amassed an impressive collection over the years that feature reindeers, Father Christmas, elves and bells. Her annual Christmas wardrobe is warmly supported by her friends and colleagues at North Yorkshire Police, where she works as a systems administrator.

Along the way Kelly has been supported by her three festive-mad nieces as well as inspiring much younger Christmas fans to take part: baby Emily Down, aged 10 months and the daughter of Kelly’s friend, is also wearing a festive outfit every day throughout advent.


Kelly said:

The Christmas jumper challenge is my own unique way of supporting a very special little boy, Joe and his family, who I love with all my heart.

Kelly’s fundraising efforts inspired Joe’s mum, Susanne to seek employment with MDUK. Now MDUK’s North East and Yorkshire Regional Development Manager, she said:

Kelly has been an amazing support to our family and the charity since Joe’s diagnosis in 2014. Her Christmas jumper challenge has become an annual tradition, and we’re really grateful for her support.

Fundraisers like Kelly’s Christmas jumper challenge are incredibly important in helping MDUK recoup vital funds needed to help others like Joe. This year, MDUK has lost £2.8million worth of income amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and the charity is incredibly grateful to those like Kelly who have stepped up to help.


If you’re feeling the festive spirit, you can donate on Kelly’s fundraising page.