Charity Christmas card pop-up shop opens in Sheffield

Cards for Good Causes has moved out of Sheffield Cathedral and into a shop on nearby Chapel Walk ready for the Christmas season. Pictured are the team of volunteers.
Cards for Good Causes has moved out of Sheffield Cathedral and into a shop on nearby Chapel Walk ready for the Christmas season. Pictured are the team of volunteers.
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A seasonal charity shop selling Christmas cards has a new home in Sheffield city centre.

Cards for Good Causes has been selling cards in the city since the 1960s and more recently from the comfort of Sheffield Cathedral.

Cards for Good Causes has moved out of the cathedral and into a shop on Chapel Walk ready for the Christmas season. Sue Berridge with some of the Christmas items for sale

Cards for Good Causes has moved out of the cathedral and into a shop on Chapel Walk ready for the Christmas season. Sue Berridge with some of the Christmas items for sale

But the refurbishment of the Cathedral has meant the charity had to find a new home.

Now with the help of the United Reformed Church, Norfolk Street, they have found a new, temporary home in Chapel Walk.

Volunteers spent a day transforming the empty shop into a welcoming environment full of thousands of Christmas cards and festive goods.

Sue Berridge, area organiser for Cards for Good Causes, said: “Normally we don’t have much room for the cards and have a little bit for Christmas displays.

“But we have been able to make a bit more of a display in the shop, it’s great.”

The cards on sale span 40 different local and national charities, from Weston Park Cancer Charity to Age UK and Barnardo’s.

Cards for Good Causes opened its first shop in Sheffield and now has 350 located around the UK.

Seventy per cent of the money raised goes directly to the charities.

Sue praised the team of volunteers who helped to transform the shop and get all the items on display in a day, ready for the opening.

She added: “I got the keys for the unit at 5pm. The next day the volunteers and I worked for hours getting it ready and we opened the next day.”

Shop manager Mary Watson said the new location is attracting new visitors already.

She said: “We’re getting a lot more visitors that haven’t visited us because they pass us while going for the bus.

“It’s really good and sometimes we are really full. We’re also getting some people coming in and offering to volunteer.”

In the past five years, charities have received more than £20 million from Cards for Good Causes.

The shop is open until December 17, from 10.15am to 4pm.