PREMISES URGENTLY SOUGHT FOR CHELTENHAM CHARITY CHRISTMAS SHOP
Cards for Good Causes is urgently seeking a pop-up site in Cheltenham to run its charity Christmas card shop this festive season or local and national charities stand to lose out on thousands of pounds. The organisation, which runs the largest network of charity Christmas card shops across the country, usually has a strong presence in Cheltenham but this year that is threatened due to lack of premises.
The Cheltenham town centre shop has traditionally been one of Cards for Good Causes top five shops nationally in terms of the money it raises, often bringing in over £100,000 for charities each year when it used to have a location in the Beechwood Shopping Centre. This year there has been lots of buzz in Cheltenham town centre ahead of the opening of John Lewis, but it has been hard for Cards for Good Causes to find a location to trade from.
Jeremy Lune, Chief Executive of Cards for Good Causes comments:
“We are desperately seeking use of an empty shop unit in the run up to Christmas to sell charity Christmas cards. Equally we would we happy to share premises with a retailer who could accommodate us. Our staff and stock are ready to go, so could move in and be up and running within a week. Without a suitable venue, we are in danger of not opening our Cheltenham town centre shop at all this year, meaning charities would miss out on tens of thousands of pounds.”
Cards for Good Causes has been a prominent fixture of the festive season in Cheltenham for many years. It also runs pop-up shops at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and at 'Leisure at Cheltenham’, selling cards on behalf of a wide range of local charities that include Cotswold Riding for the Disabled, Great Western Air Ambulance, National Star College and the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, as well as national charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC and the RNLI.
Nationally Cards for Good Causes has raised over £40 million for the charities in partners in the past ten years. It runs a network of more than 300 pop-up Christmas card shops across the UK. These are supported by volunteers to ensure that as much money as possible goes to the charities. As well as a selection of hundreds of Christmas card designs, shoppers can choose from a growing range of festive products and gifts including traditional advent calendars and candles, wrapping paper, gift tags, napkins and stocking fillers. Buying a charity Christmas card is one of the easiest and most popular ways to give to charity during the festive season.
If you can help give Santa a home in Cheltenham, please contact Lyn O’Toole at Cards for Good Causes on Lyn.OToole@cfgc.org.uk