Boris Johnson’s Madame Tussauds waxwork dressed in Christmas jumper to urge Covid-19 caution

Anthony France
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Boris Johnson’s waxwork (PA)
Boris Johnson’s waxwork (PA)

Boris Johnson’s waxwork at Madame Tussauds is no dummy as it dons a Christmas jumper urging caution on the first weekend since lockdown eased.

The London attraction teamed up with Save the Children to re-dress the PM’s figure with upcycled knitwear bearing his famous phrase, “Tis the season to be jolly careful.”

The charity’s Christmas Jumper Day has raised £25.1million since its 2012 launch.

Organisers hope this year’s festive knits will bring much-needed cheer as Covid-19 continues to impact children around the world.

The wax model, which stands outside a mock-up of Downing Street, has a jumper featuring three festive baubles representing the number of household bubbles allowed to celebrate together between December 23 and 27.

Final touches for Boris Johnson’s waxworkPA
Final touches for Boris Johnson’s waxworkPA

Tim Waters, general manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “Whilst the Prime Minister’s festive message this year is one of caution, we wanted to also use it to spread some Christmas cheer.

“We’re delighted to be able to support Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day campaign and are sure that Boris Johnson himself would approve of the decidedly 2020 festive restyle.”

Sasha Nicholl, of Save the Children, added: “With Covid-19 leaving more children living in poverty, going hungry and unable to learn, this year’s Christmas Jumper Day is more important than ever.

“If the Prime Minister can take part then the rest of the country can too!

“All people need to do is sign up, pay £2 and know that all money raised on Friday December 11 will help the most vulnerable children both here in the UK and around the world.”

The charity said £1 could pay for antibiotics to treat five children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers in South Sudan.

Two pounds would buy a bottle of hand sanitiser to help fight Covid-19 in a Save the Children medical clinic.

Around £6 pays for a face shield for a health worker in Yemen.