To mark the launch of our Christmas fundraising appeal this week, we are delighted to announce that Malorie Blackman and Roy Williams are joining us as newly-appointed Ambassadors.

As two of the UK’s leading contemporary writers, Malorie Blackman and Roy Williams have consistently used their art to draw attention to the systemic barriers to social and political justice through stories that resonate far beyond the written page. Both join us at a specific moment in time to help bring new focus to our work with and for people with experience of homelessness.

Former Children’s Laureate and multi-award-winning, Malorie Blackman OBE, has written over 70 books for children and young adults, including Noughts & Crosses, a ground-breaking series of young adult fiction that tackles themes of racism and inequality over the course of six novels and three novellas.

Multi-award-winning playwright, Roy Williams OBE FRSL, is one of the UK’s leading dramatists. His stage and screen credits include the acclaimed state-of-the-nation play cycle Death of England (National Theatre and adapted for television by Sky Arts).

Malorie and Roy join our long-standing Ambassadors, Kate Winslet CBE, David Morrissey and Rory Kinnear, supporting Cardboard Citizens in advocacy and fundraising, as well as contributing to our creative programme.

“For some, the arts are a true and perhaps an only homecoming, a space and place to speak out, express themselves and connect and communicate with others. Cardboard Citizens is an organisation who seek through the arts, to give a voice to those who experience or have experienced homelessness, poverty or inequity. Through its work, Cardboard Citizens aims to unite, support, challenge, train and entertain. This is a cause very dear to my heart. I look forward to supporting them in their future endeavours.”

Malorie Blackman

"I am thrilled, pleased as well as honoured to be an Ambassador for Cardboard Citizens. It is a company whose important work I have admired from afar for many years. I am very much looking forward to having a closer relationship with them." 

Roy Williams

From 28 November until 5 December, donations to our Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal page will be matched, pound for pound.

Our online campaign target is £75,000, meaning that we need to raise £37,500 in donations, which will then be doubled by generous match funders. Donations will be directed to the area of greatest need for Cardboard Citizens. Reaching our target will provide us with the funding we need to complete our programme of creative workshops, training, artistic work and wellbeing support for and with people experiencing homelessness, poverty and inequity this year.