Card shop opens for 15th year with the help of the Mercury

The opening of the Cards for Good Causes shop at St John's Church in Stamford. Pictured is head of content at the Stamford Mercury Kerry Coupe and shop managers Beryl Kirtland and Brenda Day EMN-151023-123111001

The opening of the Cards for Good Causes shop at St John's Church in Stamford. Pictured is head of content at the Stamford Mercury Kerry Coupe and shop managers Beryl Kirtland and Brenda Day EMN-151023-123111001

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A popular Christmas card shop that helps raise money for more than 40 charities, has been officially reopened in the run-up to Christmas.

Cards for Good Causes, the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation, was officially opened on Friday last week at St John’s Church in Stamford for its 15th year in business.

Shop manager Beryl Kirtland invited the Mercury’s head of content Kerry Coupe to cut the ribbon in recognition of the support the newspaper has given to the shop.

Beryl said: “I feel as enthusiastic today as I did when we started 15 years ago. We have grown from small beginnings to being the 10th biggest Cards for Good Causes branch in the country, as well as supporting the local community.

“The Mercury have been really supportive for all the 15 years we’ve been going and I can’t thank them enough.”

The shop is able to open thanks to the invaluable support of more than 70 volunteers, as well as the Churches Conservation Trust.

Since the shop opened on October 14, volunteers have been pleased to see returning customers, as well as welcome new faces.

At least 70p in every pound from card sales goes to one of the member charities or one of the local and national guest charities, which at the Stamford store this year include East Anglia Children’s Hospice, the Air Ambulance, Vista, Rainbow’s Children’s Hospice, Sue Ryder and the Lincolnshire Churches Trust.

As well as cards, the shop also sells wrapping paper and gift tags, small gifts and decorations.

This year for the first time it will be open every day, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, and will be open until December 16.