STRATFORD’S charity Christmas card shop in the town’s United Reformed Church, in Rother Street, opened yesterday (Wednesday).
Cards from more than 20 different charities, both regional and national, are now on sale until Saturday 14th December.
Since it was founded 45 years ago, the Midland Charities Association has raised £5.6 million selling Christmas cards and sundries in the Midlands.
The Stratford branch of the shop—which is run by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution—was opened at 10am by the Mayor of Stratford, Cllr Diane Walden.
Shop manager Catherine Davies said: “What makes our card shop different from any other is that it is organised and run solely by volunteers.
“As a consequence, deductions are only one per cent from our members and a further five per cent from our guest charities for the costs incurred in running the shop.
“This would not be possible without the support of the United Reformed Church allowing us to use their facilities.”
The shop is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. There is disabled access and a collection box for the scouts.
After you’ve bought your cards at the charity Christmas card shop, you can recycle the ones you get at Marks and Spencer on Bridge Street.
If everyone in Warwickshire recycles just one card, the Woodland Trust, who have teamed up with M&S, will be able to plant more than 500 trees across the county.
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