Popping in to the Cards for Good Causes Shop at St John the Baptist Church in Cardiff to buy Christmas cards has become a local tradition for so many people. This year though has been a challenge with the shop being unable to open. But you can’t keep a good pop-up down!
The shop has moved just up the road to the High Street Arcade in Castle Quarter. The Arcade, completed in 1885, was once home to a sea of apothecaries and fortune tellers. The multi-charity card shop reached its 30th anniversary last year in St John’s – hopefully the shop will be making a return to St John’s in 2021.
The Cards for Good Causes charity card shop in the High Street Arcade is open Monday to Sunday 10am – 4pm, until just prior to Christmas. Strict social distancing and all Covid-19 precautions will be in place to keep everyone safe. There will be lots of space for gifts and a huge array of cards.
Cards for Good Causes supports more than 250 national and local charities, selling the widest choice of Christmas cards. This is normally through over 300 seasonal pop-up shops. In addition to cards, there are advent calendars, Christmas wrapping paper, gift tags and decorations, as well as gifts and toys. This year though many of the shops were unable to safely open, making a huge dent in charities’ valued funds.
In the last 10 years alone, over £40 million has been raised by Cards for Good Causes for UK charities through the generosity of all the loyal customers and the hard work of the volunteers. Everyone wants to keep raising as much money as possible, with at least 70p in every pound from the card sales going to support local and national causes. Charities benefitting include Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, British Heart Foundation, Alzheimer’s Society and RNLI, as well as a number of local charities including the City Hospice.
We all love sending Christmas cards – something that will be even more significant this year. The work of all the charities meanwhile continues with so many people being in need.
Pauline Jenkins, Area Manager at Cards for Good Causes, said: “Everyone wants to be telling loved ones they are thinking of them. During the Christmas period cards will be even more important. Thanks to all our keen volunteers we are able to run our pop-up shops Cardiff and Rhiwbina again this year. We are looking forward to welcoming lots of new shoppers plus our loyal customers.”
Cardiff Shop Manager Ann Herbert added: “Buying charity Christmas cards is one of the simplest ways to support good causes this festive season and what better way to spread some festive cheer to family and friends in these difficult times.”
Full details about the extensive range of cards and gifts, along with shop locations, can be found at www.cardsforcharity.co.uk where you can also order online with home delivery.