Our Christmas Card Scheme is now open for 2021! By sending in handwritten cards for British prisoners overseas you will be helping to provide great comfort to those we are supporting around the world. You can make even more of an impact by sharing the word - why not download the PDF with full details of this year’s Scheme and pass it on to friends, family or even colleagues?

For British prisoners overseas this will be a particularly difficult year. We are currently supporting many hundreds of Britons who are facing Christmas alone in prison overseas, hundreds of miles away from their loved ones.

Prisoners Abroad’s Christmas Card Scheme helps reduce the isolation felt by British prisoners around the world at this particularly lonely time. This year’s scheme will be as important as ever, as prison visits from abroad remain an impossibility for most family members due to outbreaks of covid, travel restrictions or simply because of expense.

If you would like to send in cards this year here are the steps to follow

  • Please affix the appropriate postage to the envelope; any cards we receive without postage cannot be sent. We have included a table of 2021 postage prices below. If you are unsure of the weight of your cards, please do ask at the Post Office.

  • Please don’t send cards with any glitter or with lots of extras, like ribbons and little balls. Many prisons are notoriously strict on what they allow inside the gates.
  • Please ensure envelopes are not black or dark in colour, and that they are large enough for an address label (4cm high and 6.5cm wide).
  • Inside the card, please write a relatively brief personal greeting. One good example could be:

Thinking of you at this difficult time of year.
My/our very best wishes for Christmas and New Year.
My/our hopes are with you for the future.

… but feel free to write something of your own if you like.

  • Sign your cards with first names only and after your name/names please add “… a supporter/supporters of Prisoners Abroad.” We ask for cards to be written and signed by adults only.
  • Please make sure the envelopes are not sealed so that the recipient’s name can be added to the card by the Prisoners Abroad team.
  • We kindly request a minimum of two cards and that however many you send, half of them are for Europe and half for the countries in the rest of the world. This ensures we can send Christmas cards out to everyone.
  • To make sure that your cards reach the people we are supporting in time for Christmas, all cards need to arrive at the PO Box address below by 8th November.

Please post your cards to:

Christmas Card Scheme
PO Box 76899
N11 9FA

I was especially touched by the personally written Christmas cards I received in December. Thank you so very much. It means a great deal to know that there are people who put judgement aside and help no matter what - a little kindness makes a huge difference.

- A prisoner in the USA who received cards last year