From left to right : Tam Waterson, Chair SiMBA; Gillian Wells, Events & Communications Planner; Oor Wullie; The First Minister, the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon; Dr Gillian Smith, MBE, Patron, SiMBA

SiMBA are delighted to be chosen to be one of the four charities who will benefit from the First Minister's official Christmas card for 2016. 

The card design was unveiled today at a ceremony in Dundee. All the proceeds from the card and sale of the original artwork will be split between SiMBA, The Archie Foundation, Christine Witcutt Memorial Fund and The Dixon Community

The card is a special edition created by Peter Davidson and Morris Heggie, who have produced the weekly cartoon strips for many years. The card will be sent by The First Minister to heads of state around the world,with the original illustration being auctioned for charity next year.


For the first time, special packs featuring the first minister's Christmas cards from previous years will be on sale in National Galleries of Scotland shops in Edinburgh

Nicola Sturgeon said :“Oor Wullie is a much-loved national treasure adored by both children and adults across Scotland. His witty banter and mischievous character have been keeping people entertained for generations and the marvellous artwork and timeless storylines mean that everyone recognises a little of themselves in these classic tales. “

She added: “Christmas is a time when we can all take a moment to slow down and spend time with our family and friends. However, I also hope over the next few weeks people can take time to give comfort, companionship and support to those who need it.”

“We are thrilled that the First Minister has chosen SiMBA to be a beneficiary of her Christmas card this year. Christmas can be such a special time for many of us but it can be hard when our loved ones are no longer with us. We are here to support anyone affected by the loss of a baby, reminding them that they are not on their own. We hope that the awareness generated from this card will allow us to help even more families across Scotland and the UK.” Sara Fitzsimmons, Executive Charity Director, SiMBA.

Useful links:

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/324266/bucket-list-first-minister-picks-oor-wullie-official-christmas-card/

Photos - https://www.flickr.com/photos/firstministerofscotland

News release - http://news.gov.scot/news/jings-crivvens-its-christmas

Short videos from the First Minister:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69CDc9X6dAw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWXqDHHnTW8