New Christmas shop opens in The Bridges selling Cards for a Good Cause
A new Christmas shop has opened in The Bridges selling charity cards to help those in need.
With people unable to see each other due to the pandemic, Christmas card sales have already seen a significant rise this year.
Now, Cards for Good Causes, the UK’s largest charity Christmas card retailer, has opened its doors in The Bridges as a pop up shop and is the first of a network of more than 200 temporary shops set to open across the UK over the coming weeks.
The not-for-profit organisation has a large selection of charity Christmas cards and seasonal gifts with 100% of its proceeds donated to local and national charities.
Last year, Cards for Good Causes raised more than £5million for charity and has aspirations to do even better this year with charities needing vital funds more than ever in the current COVID-19 Crisis.
It will represent over 250 charities including Cancer Research UK, Barnardo’s, Alzheimer’s Society and RNLI as well as a number of guest charities such as CLIC Sargent, Children’s Cancer and Leukemia Group, Grace House Hospice and British Red Cross.
Lauren Gosling, Shop Manager for Cards for Good Causes, says: “We love bringing the Christmas spirit to town and being a part of the local community.
"Buying charity Christmas cards is one of the simplest ways to support good causes this festive season and we stock one of the widest ranges of Christmas cards anywhere.
"The proceeds from every card or product sold make a vital contribution to the work of the charities that we support. Come and find us in The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland.”
The opening comes as the latest Google data has shown the Covid-19 crisis has brought about a rising demand for Christmas cards this year, with demand in 2020 already above 2019 (4.61k in August 2020 versus 3.65k in August 2019). It has become ever more popular to send a card and make a difference to someone at home.
Shoppers at the Sunderland store will be able to choose from hundreds of different Christmas card designs, as well as traditional advent calendars and candles, wrapping paper, gift tags, napkins and stocking fillers.
It will also be selling local guest charity packs of cards and Christmas goods and gifts which will raise money for North East charities.
Jeremy Lune, CEO for Cards for Good Causes, says: “Many of our charities have not been able to source an income from their usual events this year so buying a card or gift from us is a way of giving them that vital funding that many of them so desperately need this year. Our online charity Christmas card sales have increased significantly already and we are really seeing people wanting Christmas to lift everyone’s spirits. It’s great that we can be a part of that.”
Cards for Good Causes Sunderland is open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm and can be found at Unit 71 in the Bridges shopping Centre next to Hotel Chocolat and The Fragrance Shop.