Exeter’s annual charity Christmas card shop, which in the past three years has raised more than £250,000, will open after lockdown ends.
The Cards for Good Causes Shop is moving from its usual location in Cathedral Close to 6 Paris Street where it will be opening on Thursday, December 3 if lockdown comes to an end the day before as planned.
Strict social distancing and all Covid-19 precautions will be in place to keep everyone safe.
Cards for Good Causes supports more than 250 national and local charities, selling the widest choice of Christmas cards. This is normally through over 300 seasonal pop-up shops.
In addition to cards, it sells advent calendars, Christmas wrapping paper, gift tags and decorations, as well as gifts and toys.
This year though, half the shops in the country, including Exeter, Cards for Good Causes has been unable to safely open, making a huge dent in charities’ valued funds.
Frances Guy, regional manager at Cards for Good Causes, said: “Everyone wants to be telling loved ones they are thinking of them. During the Christmas period cards will be even more important.
“Thanks to all our keen volunteers we are able to run our pop up shop again this year. It’s in a new location, with a new team and some great new stock.
“We are looking forward to welcoming our loyal customers back through the doors in Exeter.
“Buying charity Christmas cards is one of the simplest ways to support good causes this festive season and what better way to spread some festive cheer to family and friends in these difficult times.”
The shop will be open seven days a week from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 3pm on Sundays until December 23.
In the last 10 years alone, more than £40 million has been raised by Cards for Good Causes for UK charities through the generosity of all the loyal customers and the hard work of the volunteers.
At least 70p in every pound from the card sales going to support local and national causes. Charities benefiting include Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, British Heart Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society and RNLI, as well as a number of local charities.
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This year there will be some new members of the team. Many of the long serving volunteers having stepped down in view of Covid-19, so more volunteers are needed.
To volunteer contact regional manager Frances Guy on 07818 441135.
Full details about the full range of cards and gifts can be found at www.cardsforcharity.co.uk where you can also order online with home delivery.