Sending a season’s greeting has added importance this festive season for Hope House Children’s Hospice with each purchase of its Christmas cards directly helping the charity through the pandemic.
With shops having to close and regular fundraising activities having had to be cancelled, the charity currently faces being £1.25 million down for the year, so the sale of its annual Christmas cards have taken on extra importance this year.
Each year the charity releases a variety of designs in both English, Welsh and Bi-lingual, and prove popular with customers in its shops and online.
Head of Retail Angela Whelan said: “Normally our Christmas cards would be flying off the shelves, but with lockdowns in both England and Wales it's meant many of our shops have been unable to sell our stock.
“We are fortunate that all our shops in Wales are open, and look forward to all our shops in England reopening from next week, so hope in the lead up to Christmas that people will be able to support us in picking up some of our fantastic Christmas cards.”
This year Hope House’s Christmas cards include some beautiful designs with both modern and traditional scenes which really embody the true spirit of the festive season, and are available in all of the charity’s shops and online at hopehouse.org.uk/shop.
The profits from the sales directly support the hospice services and by purchasing Christmas cards people will help the charity reach children and families who needs our help.
“It’s been a tough year in retail, and our charity shops are no different,” said Angela. “But now all our shops are going to be open on the run up to Christmas we are hopeful our fantastic supporters will come out in force and help us have a successful December.”
To see the opening hours for your local shop please visit hopehouse.org.uk. We are also accepting donations at our shops, but please do call the shop you want to donate to before visiting to make sure they have space for your donation as all stock needs to be isolated for 48 hours before going on sale.
You can also support Hope House by purchasing tickets for its biggest ever Christmas raffle. With tickets just £1 each you could win a jackpot of £6,000 which can be taken as a lump sum or £500 a month for a year. Buy your tickets at hopehouse.org.uk/christmas-raffle of call the fundraising office on 01691 671 671.
Pictured: Emma Hatton from Hope House's retail management team.