23 March 2022
Royal Mail have revealed the winners, and subsequent stamp designs, of their ‘Covid Heroes’ competition, which challenged young people to design a stamp highlighting the amazing work played by key workers and others during the pandemic.
In Spring 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Royal Mail Chief Executive, Simon Thompson launched a special stamp design competition.
A staggering 606,049 entries were submitted from 7,479 schools, helping Royal Mail to secure the Guinness World Records title for Largest postage stamp design competition.
Royal Mail then selected 120 regional finalists, from this a special panel of judges, including the Prime Minister, picked 24 regional winners, and the final eight winning designs were personally selected by HRH The Prince of Wales, with the finished stamps approved by Her Majesty The Queen.
The winners were:
- Jessica Roberts
- Shachow Ali
- Raphael Valle Martin
- Alfie Craddock
- Logan Pearson
- Isabella Grover
- Connie Stuart
- Ishan Bains
…whilst the artwork from all 24 regional finalists are featured on the presentation pack. The stamps were issued on 23 March.
A Captain Tom stamp… eventually
You may remember, back at the height of the pandemic, we started a petition to have a stamp issued for Captain Sir Tom Moore, stating that:
‘A special stamp celebrating his life and his charity work in 2020 would be a fitting tribute to both him and the many key workers and fundraisers who have come together to help the fight against this horrible virus.’
We wanted the special stamp to be a charity (or ‘semi-postal’) issue with a portion of the revenue going to a suitable charity, or to the NHS. We didn’t get this, but finally we have our stamp.
Let’s hope it serves as a reminder of how we can all help others in times of need.
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