Check out 2020’s prettiest cards for excellent causes.

Before this year, the posting of Christmas cards to friends and loved ones was notoriously in decline. Some blamed it on technology, others on concern for the environment and others still on the creep of innate laziness.

Indeed, in a Huffington Post article last Christmas, a buyer at John Lewis was quoted saying: ‘We are definitely seeing fewer Christmas cards being sold… The cost of postage has gone up, it perhaps isn’t as fashionable as it was to send cards, people don’t have as much time as they used to – and there’s an element of people not wanting to waste.’

But this downward trend is surely set to change in the wake of the separation from our friends and loved ones that the pandemic has forced upon us. What better way to connect with those we cannot see than via a handwritten card?

If you do plan to send season’s greetings through the post, make sure you send cards whose proceeds go to charity. According to the British Heart Foundation, the sale of charity Christmas cards in the UK raises a staggering £50 million a year for good causes. These organisations – and the people they exist to support – need every penny they can get this year.

Here is our pick of the finest festive cards around.

The National Trust

Beautiful enough to frame, these pheasant and deer designs were created by the artist Kate Heiss for The National Trust and will take pride of place on bookshelves across the land this Christmas. The National Trust, which has taken some flak this year, looks after our nation’s coastline, countryside and historic sites and is the biggest conservation charity in Europe. It needs your support.

Horatio’s Garden

The bucolic scene on the front of this card, by the Dorset-based artist Vanessa Bowman, has a wonderfully calming effect in an otherwise turbulent time. Which is just what Horatio’s Garden aims to do. Launched in 2012, this gorgeous charity creates and cares for beautiful and accessible gardens in NHS spinal-injury centres.

Royal Trinity Hospice

Its streets, buses and fabulous attractions may be eerily quiet right now but London is still standing and will outlive this pandemic. Such is the message conveyed by these pretty Christmas cards, sold in aid of the beautiful and serene Royal Trinity Hospice, founded in 1891, which gave its outstanding care to 2,550 people and their families last year.

Quentin Blake Charity Assorted Christmas Cards

Quentin Blake’s familiar style and varied illustrations never fail to illuminate the gloomiest mood. Every purchase of this assorted pack of perky cards designed by him gives (a rather meagre but worthwhile nevertheless) 95p to Childline, whose free counseling service for children up to the age of 19 has been more important than ever this year.

Help For Heroes

The acclaimed cartoonist Bryn Parry designed these playful cards for Help for Heroes, the charity he co-founded in 2007. Today, the admirable organisation is a lifeline for those who are wounded, injured or become sick as a result of service in the Armed Forces.

The Brain Tumour Charity

This cute picture will bring festive cheer and support the vital work of the pioneering Brain Tumour Charity, which is the world’s largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours.

Venice In Peril

The lucky few who’ve visited Venice this year have raved about its serene emptiness. The rest of us will have to get our Venetian fix via this stunning Christmas card, produced with the kind permission of the city’s Accademia Galleries. The featured painting is the central panel of a triptych that is currently being restored thanks to Venice in Peril funds.

The MS Society

Don’t you wish you could just hunker down with all of your favourite people in the moonlit cottage on this card – in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society – this Christmas? There are around 130,000 sufferers of MS in the UK. Once diagnosed, the condition stays with you for life but, with the help of this wonderful charity, its symptoms can be managed.

The Royal Academy

Art galleries have suffered untold pain in the pandemic (with some experts predicting a 79 per cent drop in revenue this year). Help keep this glorious one afloat with these cards from the RA, featuring the chicest line drawing of the Three Wise Men, designed by acclaimed artist Ian Ritchie.

Injured Jockeys Fund

The leading sporting artist Daniel Crane created this beautiful painting, entitled Silent Footsteps, for the Injured Jockeys Fund’s Christmas card. Since this incredible charity was founded in 1964 (as a result of two devastating accidents at the Grand National that year), it has raised millions to assist over 1,000 jockeys and their families.

By Becky Ladenburg
November 2020


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Becky Ladenburg

Features Editor

As the GWG's features editor, Becky has her discerning finger on the cultural pulse. She's also our go-to expert on the property market.