Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, is encouraging local pupils to design a stamp for the Royal Mail’s Christmas 2017 stamp design competition.
Centred on the theme ‘what does the Christmas season mean to you?’, the Royal Mail is giving pupils the chance to submit a design to be approved by the Queen and used on millions of Christmas cards.
There will be two overall winning designs, with one each from the 4-7 and 8-11 age categories. Both winners will receive £1,000 for themselves and another £1,000 for their schools.
There are a total of 120 prizes, with area winners and schools each receiving £500. Area runners-up and their schools will both get £100.
The competition follows the successful event in 2013 which attracted 240,000 entries.
This year marks only the fourth time in the Royal Mail’s 500-year history that children’s designs have been used on UK Christmas stamps.
The deadline for entries is March 17 and Mr Dugher is encouraging pupils at Barnsley schools to submit their designs.
He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils in Barnsley to make Christmas even more special and have their design made into a Christmas stamp.
“As well as having your design used by people across the UK, it’s a great chance to get some extra cash for themselves and their school.
“I will be writing to schools in Barnsley East to make sure everyone knows about this fantastic event. I would encourage everyone to get involved and have a go.”