Charity reveals The Snowman author Raymond Briggs made ‘quietly generous’ annual donations in honour of his wife

Blood Cancer UK praised the late author for annual donations in his wife’s memory since 1973 (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)

A blood charity has hailed the late author Raymond Briggs a ‘quietly generous man’ who supported them for years in memory of his wife.

Briggs’ family announced in a statement through his publisher, Penguin Random House, on Wednesday that on the previous morning.

The author and illustrator was best known for his first published in 1978, which has gone on to  across the world.

Following the news of his death, Blood Cancer UK revealed that The Snowman creator made annual donations to their research after his wife Jean died from leukaemia in 1973.

In a statement to the PA news agency, head of philanthropy at Blood Cancer UK Tom Tyler, said: ‘We’re grateful to have been supported by Raymond, who was a quietly generous man for a number of years following the death of his wife in 1973 from blood cancer.

‘We’re sad to hear of his passing and are sending our sympathies to his close friends and family.’

The successful author and illustrator’s most popular creation was The Snowman, translated to television and stage too, and loved by millions (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)
The charity praised Briggs as ‘quietly generous’ (Picture: Adrian Sherratt/Rex/Shutterstock)

In a tribute shared to Twitter, they added: ‘Thank you Raymond for your years of support, and for the joy your stories brought to so many.’

Briggs was best known for creating the classic 1978 picture book The Snowman, which has sold more than 5.5 million copies around the world.

An animated version of the book made for Channel 4 in 1982 has become a festive staple and has been shown on TV every Christmas since.

His other best-known works were published between 1973 and 1984 and also included Father Christmas Goes On Holiday and The Tin-Pot Foreign General And The Old Iron Woman.

He won numerous prizes during his career, including the Kurt Maschler Award, the Children’s Book of the Year and the Dutch Silver Pen Award.

Following the news of this death, prominent children’s authors, including former Children’s Laureates Michael Rosen and Cressida Cowell, have paid tribute to Briggs and his literary legacy.

Singer also during his Classic FM radio show, where he spoke of his ‘debt of gratitude’ to the author.

Jones raise to fame as a teenager after singing Howard Blake’s song Walking In The Air in a popular recording, which was composed for the famous film version of The Snowman in 1982.


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