Sheffield charity workers brave the cold for Christmas

Charity christmas cards Mary Watson (69) and Anne Blackwell (72) Shop managers
Charity christmas cards Mary Watson (69) and Anne Blackwell (72) Shop managers
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Construction work and the winter chill will not dampen the Christmas cheer for this festive pair at Sheffield Cathedral.

Standing in a portable cabin in festive jumpers, 69-year-old Mary Watson and Anne Blackwell, 72, are facing the cold to sell Christmas cards away from the warmth and comfort of Sheffield Cathedral.

Mary Watson, manager of Cards for Good Causes, said: “We’ve been selling Christmas cards and goods at the Cathedral for 15 years, so we are very grateful we can carry on with the fantastic support of the construction staff and our 45 volunteers.”

Around 50,000 cards were delivered to Mary last week on what just so happened to be her birthday.

She joked: “It was fantastic – apart from the small fact they were all Christmas cards!”

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 their first shop in Sheffield and now have 350 located around the UK.

Seventy per cent of the money raised will go directly to the charities.

William Anelay contractors have sponsored the cause and paid for the running of the portable cabin.

John Hutton, senior site manager, said: “Our construction has made an impact on what these ladies do so we wanted to help and came up with this small set up outside the Cathedral.

“I’ve told all the lads to come and buy their Christmas cards from the shop.”

Sheffield Cathedral began its Gateway Project earlier this year – a major programme of refurbishment and redevelopment.

Mary said: “It’s going to be difficult with the cold weather, but you do what you can for charity. I hope we sell as many as we can.”

Cards for causes is outside the Cathedral near the tram stop. The women will be selling cards from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday until December 18.