A dog cut the ribbon to officially open a charity Christmas card shop this morning (Friday).
Merlin, a springer spaniel representing Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, was at the Cards for Good Causes shop in St John’s Church, Stamford, to open the shop.
Volunteers will be in the church between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Saturday, until December 17, selling a huge range of cards and Christmas decorations in aid of a variety of worthwhile charities.
Cards in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have been sold there for several years and the team were delighted to have been asked to open the shop.
Denise Taylor, from the charity, said: “We have always been made to feel extremely welcome by Cards for Good Causes and we volunteer here every year so we are delighted that Merlin was asked to cut the ribbon.”
Beryl Kirtland, who manages the Stamford branch of Cards for Good Causes, said it was one of the most emotional openings in the 12 years the shop has been running because the charity benefits from its work.
She said: “Merlin really is a star and he’s been so good opening the shop.”
Merlin and the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People team have been working hard this year to raise £30,000 to fund three dogs for deaf children, as part of a scheme called Merlin’s Mission.