A popular Christmas card shop that helps raise money for more than 40 charities, has re-opened for the Christmas period.
Cards for Good Causes, the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation, officially opened its doors on Friday (October 24) at St. John’s Church in Stamford, for its 14th year in business.
Local photographer, Richard Adams who has been responsible for some of our local scenes cards and The Rutland Calendar, officially opened the shop with shop manager Beryl Kirtland.
The shop that has been a success ever since it opened back in the year 2000, has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years.
Staffed by volunteers, it sells Christmas cards from more than 40 charities, national and local, and pays at least 70p of every pound from the card sales to the chosen charity.
Aswell as plenty of cards, the shop also sells advent calendars, wrapping paper, gift tags, napkins and small gifts for children.
Shop manager, Beryl Kirtland said: “It’s great for Stamford, the shop brings people in and they enjoy being able to come into the church.
“People love coming to the shop, we have a number of customers that come from all over the UK to visit us here in Stamford, a couple from London that come every year delayed their yearly visit to Stamford just so they could make it to the opening.”
Beryl has been overseeing the operation for the past 14 years and hopes to continue doing so in the near future.
She said: “I still get excited about it, I don’t have to do this job - but it’s such a feel good factor.
“It’s lovely to see the customers and share with everyone you meet just what a good cause this shop is.”
This year the shop will be run by Beryl and over 70 volunteers, including volunteers Susanne Burgoin and Anne Garbutt.
Susanne has been working as a volunteer for the past three years at the shop, she said, “All the volunteers enjoy working here, you get to meet lots of lovely people.”
Volunteer Anne has been with the shop for the past eight years and has the responsibility of the volunteer rotas, she said, “It’s a wonderful place to work and we always get lots of people that want to volunteer.
“It’s such a good cause and benefits so many people.”
In opening this year’s charity card shop, Richard spoke of his great pleasure over many years in photographing Stamford and introducing friends and relatives to all the delights the town has to offer.
He said, “I am delighted that I have been able to provide photographs on a number of occasions for the local Christmas cards on sale and I’m honoured to have been asked to open this year’s shop.
“I give credit to the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of Beryl and the dedicated band of helpers who over a number of years have raised amazing sums of money for local and national charities and I have no doubt that once again the shop will be an outstanding success.”
In the past five years, charities have received more than £20 million from Cards for Good Causes.
The shop at St. John’s is part of the Cards for Good Causes national network and will be open until December 17 from Monday to Saturday between 9.30am and 4.30pm.
Cards for Good Causes at Oakham Castle is not open this year.
For more information visit www.cardsforcharity.co.uk