Each year since coming into office in 2011, the Chief Minister has made a donation to a local charity rather than to send out official Christmas cards. As this year marks the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, the Chief Minister has chosen Special Olympics Gibraltar as this year’s beneficiary.

"I hope this donation of £3,000 will be a small contribution towards the money needed for the Gibraltar team’s visit to Abu Dhabi for the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games next March,’ said Mr Picardo. ‘It also gives me the perfect opportunity to send the organisation my good wishes for a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year."