Get into the swing of the festive season as Bishop's Stortford's charity card shop opens
The countdown to Christmas begins in Bishop's Stortford today (Wednesday, October 23) with the opening of the annual Cards for Good Causes shop.
The pop-up outlet in the United Reformed Church in Water Lane is part of a network of more than 300 temporary shops run by the UK's largest charity Christmas card organisation.
It represents more than 250 charities including Cancer Research UK, Barnardo's, NSPCC, Alzheimer's Society and RNLI as well as local causes such as Grove Cottage and St Clare Hospice.
Shoppers can choose from hundreds of different designs – including local ones depicting scenes around Bishop's Stortford – as well as traditional Advent calendars, candles, wrapping paper, gift tags, napkins and stocking fillers.
The shop's manager, Penny Taylor, said: "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 partner. Come and find us in Water Lane and get ahead in your Christmas preparations by getting your cards early."
Penny is appealing for volunteers to work in the shop for two-hour stints. It is open from 9.30am to 4.30am, Mondays to Saturdays.
This year Cards for Good Causes marks its 60th anniversary and more than 25 years in Bishop's Stortford. Over the last six decades, charities have received in excess of £100m from the project.
For further information visit www.cardsforcharity.co.uk.