£27,000 fes­tive card sales record

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & world Update -

SALES at a char­ity Christ­mas card shop in a Peter­bor­ough church have to­talled more than £27,000.

Money raised from the sale of cards at St John The Bap­tist Church, in Church Street, had al­ready reached record lev­els with a week to go be­fore it fin­ished, but the fi­nal to­tal of £27,281 eas­ily eclipsed last year’s fig­ure of £22,974.

The sale, which ran from the end of Oc­to­ber to Fri­day last week, was run by the Cards for Good Causes or­gan­i­sa­tion, which man­ages a net­work of around 300 char­ity Christ­mas shops across the UK.

About £24,000 of the to­tal came from card sales with pro­ceeds go­ing to more than 30 char­i­ties, mi­nus an ad­min­is­tra­tive charge. The re­main­der came from Christ­mas gifts to help con­tinue the work of Cards for Good Causes.

Shop man­ager Wendy Dyer, who thanked her team of 30 vol­un­teers and the po­lice for their sup­port, said: “I’m de­lighted, es­pe­cially as we were told, as it was a time of re­ces­sion, not to ex­pect to sell as much as nor­mal.”

She put the bumper sales down to the re­vamp out­side the church.

She said: “We have had a lot of new cus­tomers be­cause of the work out­side that has made the church more ac­ces­si­ble.”

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