Look out for ‘Santa’ in Uckfield High Street, the well known sign for the charity Christmas cards ‘Cards for Good Causes’ that are aways so popular.
Who are Cards For Good Causes?
Cards for Good Causes are the trading arm of the ‘1959 group’ of local charities. There are over 25 charities in the group, a few of which are:
Age UK, Alzheimers Society, Barnados, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Diabetes UK, MacMillan, Mencap and Mind. See the full list here .
They produce over 200 designs in traditional, modern and humourous style as well as a good variety of gifts for all ages. All the Christmas cards are replenished regularly, however there is a limited supply of gifts which are sold out quite quickly.
Since the year 2000 the charities involved have benefitted from over £20m.
Uckfield Hosts Charity Christmas Cards in 2015
In the past few years the Uckfield Volunteer Centre and a small shop in Church Road have been pop-up shops, but this year the shop returns to a larger premises in the High Street, virtually opposite The Picture House. It opens 4 ½ days per week including Saturdays, with approximately 20 volunteers helpers (2 per session) throughout the week, many of whom are regulars.
What does the charity do the rest of the year?
Every year the Manager’s task is to organise the location of around 300 pop-up shops throughout the UK, mainly in empty shops. This is quite a job in itself as empty shops of the right size are hard to find and can take the Manager all year to source and secure the right venues.
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