Annual Xmas card charity shop opens

The Mayor of Hastings, cllr Bruce Dowling, opens the 2014 Christmas For Good Causes shop- Photo by Bruce Wick
The Mayor of Hastings, cllr Bruce Dowling, opens the 2014 Christmas For Good Causes shop- Photo by Bruce Wick

A annual campaign to sell Christmas cards for charitable causes has opened for business again.

The Mayor of Hastings, councillor Bruce Dowling, officially opened the Cards for Good Causes multi-charity Christmas card pop-up shop in the resurrected ‘His Place’ Church in Robertson Street last Friday (November 21).

The shop, which was located in the church until a few years ago when the roof fell in, sells cards for more than 25 charities, some of them local to the area.

It is staffed by volunteers and CFGC returns at least 70p in the £1 to the charities it supports.

It sells Christmas cards for more than 25 national and local charities including the Sussex Association for Spina Bifida. In the past five years, charities have received more than £20 million from Cards for Good Causes.

Dianne Jarrett, area organiser, said: “Not only are Christmas cards an important source of funding for charities, they also help to raise awareness of their work.

“By popping into the Hastings shop, you can choose from a fantastic array of charity cards and stock up on all your Christmas essentials, such as wrapping paper and gift tags. You’ll find us by following our distinctive triangular red Santa sign in Robertson Street.”

Cards for Good Causes is the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation helping to raise funds for charity for a nationwide network of around 300 temporary shops.The retained amount covers CFGC’s costs of running the temporary charity Christmas card shops. It is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm but closed on Wednesdays. For more information visit www.cardsforcharity.co.uk