Celebs get inspired for ‘Pushing the Envelope’ 2012 to support the National Literacy Trust

Dame Helen Mirren, Giles Deacon and Joanne Harris get creative to raise money for the National Literacy Trust
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March 21, 2012 - PRLog -- An eclectic mix of prominent names from the fields of art, design, fashion, television, theatre, film, sport and literature are getting creative this year by designing envelopes that will be sold to the public to help raise money for the National Literacy Trust.

The celebrities involved in the seventh annual Pitney Bowes Pushing the Envelope campaign have transformed everyday envelopes into exclusive works of art which will be sold on eBay from 12th March 2012 until 22nd March 2012.

The list of illustrious names supporting the initiative this year include actress Dame Judi Dench, fashion designers Giles Deacon and Louise Gray, authors Joanne Harris and Sir Frederick Forsyth, children’s author Rod Campbell, singer Dame Shirley Bassey, mucial group Coldplayand Olympian Sally Gunnell OBE.  
All entries this year are based on the theme ‘Inspiration’ giving extra insight into the creative minds of the celebrity supporters. Uri Geller provides a mystical design that features the evil eye, known to ward away bad luck, actress Dame Helen Mirren’s colourful design is a playful take on the ‘Pushing the envelope’ idiom and David Nicholls’ innovative take on the inspiration theme reveals that reading can open the window to creativity.

All proceeds from the auction go to the National Literacy Trust; a charity that works in disadvantaged communities across the UK, helping people to gain the literacy skills they need for success and happiness throughout life.

Interested bidders can view a selection of the envelopes at the campaign’s website www.pushingtheenvelope.info

Current support for the 2012 campaign includes:
-   Ada Zanditon, fashion designer
-   Adam Dant, artist
-   Adrienne Chinn, interior designer
-   Alison Steadman, actress
-   Alastair Stewart, journalist and newscaster  
-   Alexander McCall Smith, author
-   Alex Monroe, jewellery designer
-   Andrew Davies, author and screenwriter
-   Andy Moss and Anna Shaffer, actors
-   Anita Dobson, actress
-   Anita Klein, artist
-   Andrew Logan, jewellery designer   
-   Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate
-   Barbara Dickson, singer and actress
-   Bernard Cornwell, author   
-   Ben Kelly, interior designer
-   Sir Bernard Ingham, journalist
-   Chesney Hawkes, singer
-   Christopher Bailey, creative director at Burberry
-   Christopher Biggins, actor
-   Coldplay, music group
-   Copyright, artist
-   Craig Lawrence, fashion designer
-   Dakota Blue Richards, actress
-   David Nicholls, author
-   Deborah Moggach, author
-   Duncan Pow, actor
-   Fern Britton, television presenter
-   Flavia Cacace, professional dancer
-   Sir Frederick Forsyth, author and political commentator
-   Gemma Compton, artist
-   Gemma Merna, actress
-   Gerald Scarfe, cartoonist and illustrator
-   Giles Deacon, fashion designer  
-   Gina Beck, Actress
-   Guy Denning, artist
-   Hannah Firmin, illustrator and printmaker
-   Helen Craig, children’s author and illustrator
-   Henry Winkler, actorcliffor
-   Dame Helen Mirren, actress
-   Helen Musselwhite, paper artist
-   Jacqueline Gold, entrepreneur
-   Jennifer Metcalfe, actress
-   Jeremy Strong, children’s author
-   Jeremy Vine, journalist and news presenter
-   Jilly Cooper, author
-   Joanne Harris, author
-   John Bishop, comedian
-   John Burningham, children’s author and illustrator
-   John Knapp Fisher, artist
-   Jonathan Pryce, actor
-   Jo Brand, comedian
-   Jo Joyner, actress
-   Dame Judi Dench, actress
-   Justin Fletcher, children’s TV presenter
-   Justin Rowe, artist
-   Katie Piper, television presenter and author
-   Kenny Logan, rugby union footballer
-   Kim Woodburn, television presenter
-   Kipper Williams, cartoonist
-   Kofi Kingston, WWE wrestler
-   Laura Hambleton, children’s illustrator
-   Lauren Child, children’s author and illustrator
-   Levi Roots, entrepreneur
-   Lia Anna Hennig, artist
-   Linford Christie, athlete
-   Lorenzo Etherington, cartoonist
-   Lorraine Kelly, TV presenter
-   Louise Gray, fashion designer
-   Matthew Rice for Emma Bridgewater, home wear designer
-   Marc Rogoff, photgrapher
-   Mark Kaiser, artist
-   Marina Lewycka, author
-   Martha Lane Fox, entrepreneur
-   Matt Willis, singer
-   Max Clifford, publicist  
-   Michelle Mone, entrepreneur
-   Michelle Ryan, actress
-   Mike Leigh, film and theatre director
-   Milton Glaser, graphic designer
-   Mimi Leung, artist
-   Nathaniel Parker, actor
-   Neil Arksey, author
-   Nikki Davis-Jones, actress
-   Oliver Spencer, fashion designer
-   Pandemonia, artist
-   Paul Bradley, actor
-   Paul Heaton – singer
-   Penny Mallory, rally racer and television presenter
-   Sir Peter Blake, pop artist
-   Private Eye – Charles Peattie and Mark Warren, cartoonists
-   Prunella Scales, actress
-   Raymond Briggs, author and illustrator
-   Richard Randall, interior designer
-   Rob Ryan, artist
-   Robert Goddard, author
-   Rod Campbell, author and illustrator
-   Rosie Marcel, actress
-   Russell Grant, astrologer
-   Sally Gunnell , athlete
-   Sarah Beeny, television presenter and entrepreneur
-   Sarah Waters, author
-   Dame Shirley Bassey, singer
-   Shirley Hughes, author and illustrator
-   Simon Pegg, actor and director
-   Simone Lia, author and cartoonist
-   Stephen Fry, author, actor, comedian and screen writer
-   Stephen Merchant, writer and comedian
-   Terry Green, former boss of BHS
-   Terry Jones, comedian
-   Tim Wonnacott, television presenter and antiques expert
-   Tracy Chevalier, author
-   Trevor Eve, actor
-   Uri Geller, psychic and mystic
-   Dame Vera Lynn, singer-songwriter
-   Vincent Simone, professional dancer
-   Wayne Hemingway, fashion designer

Bart Leonard, Director, Marketing and Sales Operations EMEA Pitney Bowes at Pitney Bowes commented:  “Pitney Bowes is committed to supporting the National Literacy Trust; we share many values, namely to enable effective communication. All funds from Pushing the Envelope help the National Literacy Trust transform lives through literacy and offer those in the UK with poor skills the chance to gain greater confidence, employability and opportunities. Over the years, the Pitney Bowes ‘Pushing the Envelope’ project has raised over £80,000 for the National Literacy Trust, and we aim to make this year our most successful to date.”
National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas said:
“Every penny raised from the Pushing the Envelope campaign makes a difference to our work in disadvantaged communities across the UK. The money will provide children with books of their own for the first time or help struggling teenagers gain the communication skills they need for the workplace. Raising the literacy levels of children and families in need will help them to enjoy better opportunities throughout life.”  

Notes to editor

The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy.  One in six people in the UK struggle to read and write. Poor skills compromise health, confidence, happiness and employability. We believe that society will only be fair when everyone has the literacy skills they need to communicate, to fulfil their potential and to contribute more to society. We campaign to improve public understanding of the vital importance of literacy, as well as delivering projects and working in partnership to reach those most in need of support.

National Literacy Trust is a registered charity, no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee, no. 5836486. Registered in England and Wales. Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RL. Tel: 020 7587 1842.

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