Livewire - October 17, 2012

Cards for Good Causes volunteers Rita Shields, Charles Smith and manager Kathleen Smith.
Cards for Good Causes volunteers Rita Shields, Charles Smith and manager Kathleen Smith.
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Cards for good causes

Cards for Good Causes – which sells charity cards across the UK every year – opens its Blackpool pop-up shop at 83 Church Street, next door to the Winter Gardens, on Monday.

Please come and support a charitable network which very definitely starts at home right in the heart of the resort.

It’s now our third year on this site thanks to Blackpool Council’s Built Heritage manager Carl Carrington and it’s lovely to feel secure again- after the uncertainty of earlier years when we had to shop around for a new location.

Blackpool’s had a Cards for Good Causes shop since 1988, and still has some of the original volunteers. Most have helped for more than 10 years. I know as shop manager we would be lost without them.

It is wonderful for all of us to get together and catch up. Regular customers make a welcome visit including those from further afield who may not have a shop in their locality

The inspiration for the organisation came in 1959 when James ‘Jim’ Jackson, secretary of the British Diabetic Association gathered a group of medical charities together to discuss the coordination of publicity for selling charity cards at Christmas.

They formed The 1959 Group of Charities, a registered charity and multi-charity membership organisation, and in 1964 began selling cards from empty shops in town centres. In 1988 Cards for Good Causes Limited was established as the trading company of The 1959 Group of Charities.

It offers shoppers the chance to buy Christmas cards from more than 30 national and local charities.

We’re part of the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation.

We offer a wide range of designs to choose from and a convenient way to support more than one good cause.

Just one visit to our shop will help you with cards, wrapping paper and gift tags this season, helping to cross a few festive jobs off the list in one go.

Our Blackpool charity Christmas card shop is one of a countrywide network which open in the run up to the festive season - and support charities with each and every purchase.

Cards for Good Causes Limited pays the participating charities (or their trading subsidiaries) at least 75p in every pound from their card sales, minus the VAT payable on the amount retained by CFGC.

The retained amount covers CFGC’s costs of running the temporary charity Christmas card shops. In addition to these costs, participants pay for production and distribution of their cards.

The shop, staffed by local volunteers, is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Our local charity, Trinity Hospice, will have their cards in the shop.

Last year we sold approximately 1,600 packets of cards overall and we are hoping to exceed that figure this year.

So if you want to help us look out for the red triangular Santa sign!

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