First to post in this year’s Christmas Fundraising Stakes is the old man of racing, Sir Peter O’Sulllevan, who has launched his 2012 Christmas Card. Katie O’Sullivan, whose other half contributes to racing as trainer Jamie Osborne, has designed the card, which is called Hoping for a Happy Christmas.
Last year, sales of the card contributed to total fund raising of £300,000, which was shared between six racing and animal related charities: Blue Cross, Brooke Hospital for Animals, Compassion in World Farming, World Horse Welfare, Racing Welfare, and the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre.
O’Sullevan said, “By providing resources to this range of animal and racing welfare charities, a broad spectrum of help is delivered where it is urgently needed – both to rehabilitate and alleviate the distress and suffering of equines and to assist the backroom figures of the racing industry.”
In addition to the packs of cards O’Sullevan’s Charitable Trust has produced for the past 12 years, individual cards signed by both O’Sullevan and Lester Piggott are on sale. Packs of ten cards cost £7.50 each for up to three, with £3.50 postage and packing. Prices fall for multiple orders. Individual signed cards are £20 each, including postage.
They can be ordered from Agnes Zauner on 0208 3331411 or from Red Dot Design, 63 Rosendale Road, London, SE21 8DY.