Celebrities get creative for Christmas

Ronan's festive creation is raising money for charity
Ronan's festive creation is raising money for charity

Stars including Ronan Keating, Sir Michael Parkinson and Nick Grimshaw have designed their own Christmas cards to raise money for charity.

Twelve celebrities have shown they are in the festive spirit by designing or supporting their very own MyDonate Christmas e-cards for charities including Cancer Research UK, NSPCC, Movember Foundation, and Help for Heroes.

Throughout December people can choose one of the 15 charity e-cards from bt.com/christmascards.

After making a minimum donation of £2 via BT MyDonate, the not-for-profit, online fundraising platform, people will receive an email with a link to download their e-card.

The e-card can then be shared with family and friends via email or social media.

The designs include a comedy drumming Santa, festive Christmas trees, a beautiful animal snow scene and even a rugby-playing Christmas robin.

Boyband The Vamps have pdonned their best Christmas jumpers to pose for an exclusive photograph for the front of their Christmas card to support the NSPCC.

They said: “Having a wonderful childhood is so important but unfortunately not everyone gets this.

“We’ve been lucky enough to help the NSPCC raise more money this Christmas through the BT MyDonate Christmas card campaign.”

John Petter, chief executive of BT Consumer said: “We are so pleased that celebrities have given up their time and pulled out all the creative stops to get people donating to some really worthy causes this Christmas.

“These e-cards mean that people know they have given some money to those who need it most this Christmas.

We hope people will have fun choosing their favourite celebrity MyDonate Christmas card design and sharing it with friends and family.”

The trend of donating to charity instead of sending Christmas cards is growing in popularity, and ensures customers’ money goes to a good cause.

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes

For more information visit www.bt.com/christmascards.