Sir Ian McKellen, Sir David Jason and Dame Vera Lynn are amongst a number of celebrities who have designed envelopes to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. The annual Pitney Bowes Pushing the Envelope campaign invites contributors to create designs on the theme of ‘words that mean most to you’. Lynn’s envelope, for example, features the words, “We’ll Meet Again.”
An auction for the envelopes takes place on eBay this month.
One in six people in the UK struggle to read and write. Poor literacy skills have a negative impact on health, self-esteem, employment and overall happiness while those with better skills are more able to take advantage of opportunities. The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that campaigns to increase awareness and share knowledge regarding literacy while directly involving itself in projects to increase literacy.