Christmas and winter can be a very difficult and lonely time for many people.  It is especially lonely for around 1100 Britons who will be facing Christmas in prison abroad, many miles away from their families. You can help alleviate this loneliness by sending a Christmas card to someone imprisoned overseas.

The Christmas card scheme was extremely successful last year – we received 1834 cards, which meant we could send one to all the people we support, with more to those who are very isolated. To those who participated, a warm thank you for your help and support – we now need your help again.

SV in the USA said:

“Thank you so much for the Christmas cards you send year after year. It’s so uplifting to get that token of support and kindness.”

If you would like to contribute, please follow the steps below. Cards should reach our office by Monday 3rd December 2018 to allow time for them to be processed before the last international posting dates.

What you need to do:

1. Provide a minimum of 4 cards, half for Europe and half for Rest of the World

2. Affix the appropriate postage on the envelopes: any without postage cannot be sent (no cheques please). If you are not sure of the weight, please ask the Post Office for advice.


up to and including



Rest of the World Zone 1&2







3. Ensure the envelopes are unsealed so that the recipient’s name can be added by Prisoners Abroad.

4. Include one slip of paper with your name and address so that we can identify who has sent cards – this will not be sent to the person in prison.

5. Avoid using cards with no glitter / glue / stickers as they won’t be allowed

6. Sign the cards with a personal greeting, your first name and mentioning that you are a supporter of Prisoners Abroad – examples are:

                    My very best wishes for Christmas and New Year.

                    Our hopes are with you for the future.

7. Send all cards to: Prisoners Abroad Christmas Card Scheme, 89-93 Fonthill Road, London N4 3JH

Final Date that we can receive Christmas Cards is Monday 3rd December 2018

If you'd like any more information about the scheme or if you'd like to be on our annual Christmas Card Scheme mailing list, please send your full name and email address to [email protected]

Thank you for your support of this scheme; it provides much-appreciated comfort to those in prisons around the world who are feeling the isolation from their friends and families at this time of year.

“I’ll never forget opening my first Christmas card from Prisoners Abroad and the effect it had on me – a small token of friendship and a reminder that people cared for me truly touched my heart.”

(GC, South Africa)