Christmas joy to be spread far and wide with new card shop

Peter Lambert cuts the ribbon at the store's official opening this week
Peter Lambert cuts the ribbon at the store's official opening this week
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A new Christmas charity card shop has been officially unveiled at a ceremony in Thame.

The Cards for Good Causes charity shop will help raise funds for the Thame Community Hospital.

Peter Lambert, deputy mayor of Thame, officially opened the Christchurch store on Tuesday, alongside artist Wendy Townsend, shop manager Janet West and two of the volunteers who will work there.

Ms Townsend’s paintings will be used on the Christmas cards that will be sold in the Upper Hight Street store.

The store is part of a countryside network of shops which open in the run-up to the festive season.

Cards for Good Causes Ltd pays the participating charities at least 75p for every pound made from their card sales, minus VAT. The retained amount covers its costs for running the temporary shops.

The shop, which is to be staffed by volunteers from the Thame area, will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, from Tuesday, November 20, to Saturday, December 8.

Thame Community Hospital, based in East Street, provides care for patients following treatment or surgery at an acute hospital.

The hospital acts as a bridge between hospital and home, particularly for elderly patients who may need rehabilitation before being able to look after themselves at home, with the support of a community nursing team.