Our Christmas Card Scheme is now open for 2019! If you would like to provide great comfort to British prisoners around the world make sure to read the details on this page. 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?

Christmas can be an especially lonely time for the 1,020 Britons we are supporting who will be in prison overseas during the festive period, many miles away from their families. You can help alleviate this loneliness by sending a Christmas card to someone imprisoned overseas.  

Prisoners Abroad’s Christmas Card Scheme cuts through the isolation felt by many British prisoners across the world. With the help of our supporters we aim to send as many handwritten Christmas cards to British prisoners overseas as possible. Last year we managed to send over 2,000 cards which meant we could send one to all the people we support, with more to those who are very isolated. This year we would like to beat that number, but we need your help!

If you would like to take part this year here are some steps to follow

  • Most importantly, please make sure the appropriate postage is on the envelope; any without postage cannot be sent (no cheques please). If you are unsure of the weight please do ask at the post office and they will give you the correct weight and price. Here is a table of 2019 prices:

  • All cards should reach our office by 25th November to allow time for them to be sorted and addressed before the last international posting dates. We want the cards to reach our clients in time for Christmas!
  • We kindly request a minimum of four cards, and that however many you send half of them for Europe and half for the countries of the rest of the world. This way we can be fair and share the Christmas cards out to everyone, wherever they are.
  • Make sure the envelopes are unsealed so that the recipient’s name can be added to the card by the Prisoners Abroad team.
  • Please enclose a slip of paper with your name and address so that we can identify who you are! This will not be sent with the cards.
  • Although they may look lovely, please don’t send cards with glitter or lots of extras, like ribbons and little balls. Many prisons are notoriously strict on what they allow inside the gates. Simple, smaller cards will be cheaper to post too.
  • Please then sign your first name (or full name) with a personal greeting and mention that you are a supporter of Prisoners Abroad. Your personal greeting could be similar to this:

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

… but feel free to add something of your own if you like!

Please send your cards to:

Stephen Strickland
Christmas Card Scheme
Prisoners Abroad
89-93 Fonthill Road
London N4 3JH

I would like to thank the people who have taken the time to send me Christmas greetings cards. It means a great deal, as you are probably aware. It brightens up the darkest period of incarceration, when it is made only too clear how we have the misfortune to be away from our loved ones. Thank you once again.