Katie Morag Christmas card raises £1000 for First Minister

Mairi Hedderwicks original artwork for last years First Ministers Christmas card.

Mairi Hedderwicks original artwork for last years First Ministers Christmas card.

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Mairi Hedderwick’s original artwork for last year’s First Minister’s Christmas Card, went under the hammer at a special auction.

The artwork was commissioned by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and proceeds of the auction will be split between four charities - Children’s 1st, Enable Scotland, Books Abroad and the Scottish Refugee Council.

The watercolour, based on her award winning books, shows Katie Morag greeting children at Bute House, the First Minister’s official residence, was auctioned off for £1,000.

Since 2007, artwork from the cards has raised nearly £170,000 for good causes through sales of the original paintings and limited edition prints.

Nivola Sturgeon said: “Christmas is a time for spending time with those we love, but it is also a time for thinking about those less fortunate than ourselves. Mairi should be extremely proud of helping to support these fantastic good causes.”