All we want for Christmas is...your letters.
The Echo’s ever-popular Dear Santa competition is now officially open.
So we’re calling on our young readers to write to us and tell us why they deserve an extra special gift from Santa.
Prizes are available, and seeing as it’s the festive season, we’ll allow younger children to get their parents, grandparents, older siblings or whoever is looking after them to give them a helping hand.
All you need to do is start the letter with “I deserve a special gift from Santa because...” and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill in and post the coupon attached.
Make sure you include a picture of the child who is entering, as well as their name, age, address and telephone details for the person entering on their behalf.
We’ll pass the letters onto Santa himself, who’ll choose who he believes deserves a special extra present under their Christmas tree.
Rather than just writing a list, please make sure you tell us why you deserve to win the prize, which will be revealed soon.
Hendon youngster Charlie Stokoe, then aged 22 months, won last year’s competition, receiving £250 worth of vouchers from Niramax to go towards gifts of her choice.
Charlie had endured a nightmare start to life after she was born with craniosynostosis – meaning she had a misshapen head – which needed surgery to prevent her developing brain damage.
You can post the coupon to Dear Santa, Sunderland Echo, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.
We look forward to hearing from you – but don’t delay, entries close on Friday, December 9!