Lewes MP Maria Caulfield is encouraging local children to take part in the Royal Mail’s competition to design stamps to honour heroes, including key workers and others, who have done great things since the start of the pandemic to help the country through a very challenging period.
This competition gives children, aged 4 to 14 years of age, the opportunity to design one of eight special Royal Mail stamps to honour the heroes of the pandemic. As well as NHS and social care staff children may want to illustrate volunteers in their community, refuse collectors, cleaning staff, teachers, supermarket workers, public transport staff, delivery drivers, perhaps even the scientists who created the vaccines.
Schools or families can visit www.royalmail.com/stampcompetition to sign-up for one of 6,000 resource packs available.
This is only the fifth time that Royal Mail has held a competition like this, and the first time for non-Christmas stamps. A special panel of judges will determine the eight winning designs from 120 regional finalists. As with all stamps issued by Royal Mail, the final eight designs will be sent to Her Majesty The Queen for approval before they can be printed and issued.
The competition is now open. Children have until 28th May to submit their entries.
Maria Caulfield MP said “The pandemic has been extremely difficult for so many people, but we have seen so many heroes across all walks of life and this is a wonderful idea to thank them in stamp form, while also allowing children to get creative and show their appreciation for those going the extra mile for others this last year.”
“I am encouraging all local schools and families educating children at home to visit the Royal Mail website and take part in this fantastic opportunity, which could see their designs approved by Her Majesty The Queen and printed for general use.”