It's finally December, 2020 is drawing to a close, and what better way to celebrate the festive period that a 'Christmas Outfit Day'.

Next Friday (December 11), the Mayor of Greenwich is encouraging people across the borough and south east London to wear some festive fashion, and raise money for charity.

The Mayor's Christmas Outfit Day is encouraged whether you are at school, work, or staying at home, and will help fundraise for the mayor's chosen charities.

Cllr Linda Bird, the Mayor of Royal Greenwich, has said: “We’re all determined to sparkle this Christmas.

"Sharing our festive wardrobe is another way to bring us all together, as well as raising money for Metro Charity and Greenwich Starting Blocks. So, join me in raising a smile or two as well as some funds.”

Usually, money would be raised through the London Marathon or charity dinners, however both have been unable to go ahead due to the current restrictions.

So, the Royal Borough of Greenwich wants your help more than ever to support local charities.

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You can show your support by taking on this initiative personally or within your organisation and wear a Christmas outfit on December 11.

Dr Greg Ussher, CEO of METRO Charity said: “The support and contributions are vital to keeping our services running.

"These include providing welfare advice for deaf and disabled residents, counselling online for the LGBTQ+ community with mental health issues and a ‘drop in’ group.

"We also continue to support individuals and families affected by HIV, run a sexual health advice helpline and deliver our LGBTQ+ youth groups online.”

John Anderson, Chairman of Greenwich Starting Blocks said: ‘’Greenwich Starting Blocks Trust (GSB) ensures that young Greenwich-based athletes have the financial and personal support they need to achieve their sporting dreams.

"Being a small but successful charity – 6 of our GSB athletes have amassed a total of 8 Olympic and Paralympic medals - our primary fundraising focus is our annual Gala Dinner which this year, sadly, has not been possible.

"On behalf of GSB I would like to wish the Mayor’s Christmas Campaign every success and to thank the Greenwich residents for helping us to inspire and support the current and next generation of young sportspeople in the borough.’’

To aid even further, you can donate a minimum of 50p to the Mayor’s charity fund via our Just Giving page:

As JustGiving have a minimum donation of £2, you will need to join forces with a few other people in your household, organisation or school and donate!