What do early October, a church in London and Christmas cards have in common?
They mark a very important event in the MS Trust calendar! Claire from our fundraising team explains more.
This week we attended the official opening of the Cards for Good Causes shop in the Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Street, London, kicking off a season of Christmas card sales in pop-up shops all across the country.
Always a wonderful occasion, this year's launch event was extra special as we were bidding a fond farewell to Christine Holland who is retiring as CEO of Cards for Good Causes after 16 years. Christine and her team work so hard to support charities like the MS Trust by running over 300 temporary charity Christmas card shops.
The money and awareness raised through the sales and sending of our Christmas cards is crucial to our work supporting people with MS. Funds raised through Cards for Good Causes shops last year alone was enough to pay for us to support 2,500 people through our enquiry service – answering questions about MS and providing trusted information to help people make decisions that are right for them.
We were delighted that Vice Chair of Trustees for the MS Trust, Sarah Joiner, was able to speak at the event and explain the impact that our work has had on her personally.
For me, the event always marks the beginning of the festive season (yes, I can hear the collective groan now, as I know it’s only October!). But who wouldn’t feel festive after a lovely service, including the local primary school choir singing a beautiful hymn and being surrounded by Christmas cards from hundreds of charities doing amazing work for those who need it?
We also welcomed new Cards for Good Causes CEO Jeremy Lune, who we look forward to working with alongside the whole team at Cards for Good Causes for many years to come. This fantastic organisation really makes a difference to our work supporting people with MS.
There are lots of ways to support the work of the MS Trust through Christmas cards. You can volunteer in a Cards for Good Causes shop near you, buy our Christmas cards online now or visit your local Cards for Good Causes shop to see a different range of cards.
Sarah Joiner, Vice Chair of Trustees for the MS Trust, speaking at the event