PM's Christmas cards to benefit charity

Literacy charity Booktrust is set to benefit from Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Christmas card order from the Charities Advisory Trust's Card Aid initiative.

Gordon Brown's Christmas card
Gordon Brown's Christmas card
The cards will feature a drawing of 10 children around a Christmas tree by the children’s artist Shirley Hughes. The design marks a break with previous Prime Minister Tony Blair’s tradition of sending out Christmas cards featuring pictures of himself with his family.

A spokeswoman for 10 Downing Street said she didn’t know how much money would be raised for Booktrust because the order size had not yet been finalised. She said the decision to benefit Booktrust had been the Prime Minister’s.

“It is close to his heart and he felt it was particularly appropriate this year because 2008 is the national year of reading,” she said.

Chancellor Alistair Darling’s Christmas cards will benefit Every Disabled Child Matters. They will feature a picture of Father Christmas drawn by an autistic boy, Matthew Powell, who beat more than 700 disabled children in a competition.

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