Spread sporting festive cheer with Christmas cards that have proper country credentials and support a cracking cause, too. Take your pick from The Field's best country Christmas cards for 2020
Festive missives are best sent on cards with proper credentials and in support of a cracking countryside cause. Take your pick from The Field’s round-up of the best country Christmas cards for 2020.
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THE BEST COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CARDS
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
Order early for this year’s festive missives from the GWCT. There are five designs available, all painted for the charity by leading wildlife artists, including Owen Williams, Rodger McPhail, Jason Lowe, Ashley Boon and cartoonist Loon. Loon has also put together a mixed pack with his best-selling designs from previous years. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Trust’s vital scientific research programmes for game and wildlife conservation.
Price: prices start at £5.50 for a pack for 10
To buy: call 01425 652381 or visit www.gwct.org.uk.
The Quorn Hunt Supporters Association
For 2020, the Quorn Hunt Supporter’s Association is offering a choice of two hunting designs to make up a mixed pack. Quorn Hounds on Burrough Hill and A Quorn Hound Family are both by renowned local artist Frederick J Haycock. Funds raised go to providing support for the Hunt. The cards are sure to be a hit with festive hunters.
Price: £5 for a pack of 10 cards
To buy: contact email@example.com
The Countryside Alliance Christmas cards are always a popular choice, so hurry if want one of their festive designs for 2020. Available in packs of 10, there are eight exclusive designs available, including four commissioned especially for the Alliance. All proceeds will support the Alliance’s campaigning work for the rural way of life. The Countryside Alliance 2021 calendar is also available now.
Price: prices start at £4.99 for pack of 10
To buy: call 0370 270 9011 and visit www.countryside-alliance.org
Hunt Staff Benefit Society
The Hunt Staff Benefit Society have two sporting Christmas card designs available this year, by artists Daniel Crane and Cecil Aldin. All proceeds form an important part of the year’s fundraising efforts, to help cover the running costs of the pension scheme it provides for professional Hunt Staff across the country. The pension scheme has been looking after retried Hunt Staff since 1872.
Price: prices start at £6.50 for a pack of 10 cards
To buy: visit www.huntingstockmarket.com or telephone 01285 653001 for an order form
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
Every year sales of the Christmas cards help support the crucial work of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, farming’s oldest and largest welfare charity. RABI provides financial support, practical care and guidance to farming people of all ages. There are five designs available this year in packs of 10. There is also a Farming in Focus 2021 calendar available.
Price: from £4.50 for a pack of 10 cards
To buy: visit rabi.org.uk for an order form or phone 01268 888217
The Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust have a wonderful selection of Christmas cards available this year. All cards are printed on FSC certified card and arrive plastic-free in cardboard boxes. Sales of the cards help support our leading woodland conservation charity, who work to increase native woodland cover, restore ancient woods and protect all of our existing woodland.
Price: prices start at £3.99 for a pack of 8
To buy: visit www.woodlandtrustshop.com
The Air Ambulance Service
The Air Ambulance Service is a charity very close to the hearts of sporting sorts. There is a wide variety of Christmas cards available this year, including this bespoke design for 2020. Profits will go towards their vital, life-saving work, reacting quickly and efficiently to emergencies. Cards come in packs of 10, with the message ‘With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year’.
Price: prices start at £2.95 for a pack of 10
To buy: visit www.airambulanceservice.org.uk or telephone 0300 3045 999
Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund
The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund have a huge array of Christmas cards available this year, with new designs and old favourites. Or you can create a personalised card using your own photo and greeting. Proceeds will go towards the fund’s working supporting people injured in horse-related accidents, campaigning on safety and raising awareness of issues affecting equestrians of all levels.
Price: £6.50 for a pack of 10 cards
To buy: visit mdirf.co.uk
The Injured Jockeys Fund
The Injured Jockeys Fund Christmas cards are now, incredibly, in their 56th year of production. ‘Snowy Beach’ has been specially painted for the Fund by renowned equine artist, Caroline Cook. The cards are printed on FSC accredited sustainable forest card and come in compostable, biodegradable wrap. All proceeds will go towards the fund’s important work providing support to jockeys past or present who are injured, unable to ride or generally in need.
Price: £7.50 for a pack of 10 cards
To buy: visit ijf.org.uk
The Life Guards Association Charitable Trust
The Queen’s Life Guard leaving Horse Guards, by Margaret Johnson, to support members and former members of The Life Guards (Household
Cavalry) and their dependents.
Price: £5 for 10
To buy: telephone 01753 755061 or visit householdcavalry.co.uk
The Blues and Royals Association
‘RHG/D Guard Mount 2019’ by Sarah Perkins, with proceeds to support members and former members of The Blues and Royals (Household Cavalry) and their dependents.
Price: £5 for pack of 10
To buy: telephone 01753 755061 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The British Sporting Art Trust
Featuring artwork by Lionel Edwards, due to appear in a forthcoming exhibition, all proceeds will support the Trust’s promotion of British sporting art.
Price: £6.75 for pack of 10
To buy: telephone 01638 664429 or visit bsat.co.uk