Combined Charities Christmas Shops

Buy Christmas Cards direct from the charities & give them maximum benefit

We are run by volunteers so 100% goes to the charities - 50th year, £5 million raised!

Charities in shops

Locations/Dates: Wilmslow (30/10-11/12), Macclesfield (6/11-11/12) & Altrincham (13/11-27/11) libraries, Knutsford (3/11-4/12, Wed-Sat only) Curzon cinema
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    Alzheimer’s Research Group Cards at Wilms, Knuts, Macc, Alt

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  • Beacon Counselling Cards at Macc

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  • Beechwood Cancer Care Cards at Macc

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  • Bloodwise (Leukaemia) Cards at Wilmslow

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    BRACE (Alzheimers) Cards available at Wilmslow

  • BRACE is a regional charity which funds world-class dementia research in Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Plymouth, Cardiff and Swansea. The beneficiaries of our work are people all around the world.
    By purchasing our Christmas cards you will be helping to fund vital clinical or laboratory research to better understand the causes of dementia, achieve earlier diagnosis and to find effective treatments.
    If you are caring for someone with dementia, you will know that it’s a devastating disease. It can attack memory, personality, language and physical abilities. The family and friends of the person affected by dementia often feel a sense of separation or loss even while that person is still alive. It can last for years, even decades, and there is currently no cure.
    There are over 100 types of dementia, of which the most common type is Alzheimer`s. Over 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia and this figure is expected to double by 2040. Dementia affects 1 in 50 people aged 65-70 and 1 in 5 over 80. It can also affect younger people although cases are much rarer.

    Thank you for your support. Together we will defeat dementia.
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Macclesfield
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    British Heart Foundationards at Wilm, Macc, Knuts, Altrincham

  • Nearly everyone has some association with heart disease during their lifetime, either through friends or family or your own experience. The U.K. has one of the highest death rates from heart disease in the world. It is also our most expensive illness, costing the U.K. economy £10 billion yearly in hospital care, drugs, and working days lost. Research funded by the B.H.F. has made a huge impact over the years. Advances in the treatment of heart disease continue apace. Heart valve replacements, pacemakers, transplants, clot-busting drugs, angina and blood pressure treatments have all contributed to the better health of patients.
    The B.H.F. fund rehabilitation programmes at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe Hospitals, among many others. it also helps to finance life saving equipment in Cardiac care wards. Defibulators are financed for use by GP's, Police Ambulances and other organisations.
    Research is expensive and on-going. Your support is valued. For further information please contact Pam and Brian Critchley on 01625-828528.
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Macclesfield Visit the the British Heart Foundation web site

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    Cancer Research UK Cards at Wilm, Macc, Alt

  • Cancer Research UK was launched in February 2002 following the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and Imperial Cancer Research Fund, and is now the world's leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research. It supports the work of more than 3000 scientists, doctors and nurses, and is the European leader in the development of novel anti-cancer treatments and is training the next generation of cancer scientists and doctors.
    Our vision is to cure cancer faster, aiming to control the disease within two generations, carrying out world-class research into the biology and causes of cancer, developing effective treatments, improving the quality of life for patients, reducing the number of people diagnosed with cancer and providing authoritative information on cancer.
    Cancer Research UK is almost entirely funded by donations from the public with a network of 640 shops, 1000 fundraising groups, 30,000 volunteer supporters and more than one million people who regularly donate to Cancer Research UK.
    In. the three years since merger the amount spent on scientific research has increased from £l75M in 2001-2 to £213M in the last year, a truly excellent growth in research expenditure in more than 30 towns and cities in the UK, over £15M being spent in North West England.
    In Manchester the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research has approximately 15 teams working on a range of projects including bowel cancer, cervical cancer, leukaemia, and the cell changes involved in the development of cancer.
    The Christie Hospital, one of the biggest cancer hospitals in Europe, and Cancer Research UK Department of Oncology are developing new treatments for kidney, stomach and bowel cancer.
    At the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital we are funding the UK Children's Cancer Study Group ensuring children receive the most up-to-date treatments, with over 30 clinical trials currently being run.
    At the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, we contributed £2M towards building and equipment costs for the scanning tool PET, which tracks in real time the effectiveness of a particular drug in cancer treatment.
    At Liverpool we are funding several projects at the University, including studies on pancreatic cancer, lung cancer and genetic aspects of small cell lung cancer, and the involvement of viruses in cervical and non-melanoma skin cancer.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Altrincham, Hale and Sale Visit the Cancer Research UK web site

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    Children's Society Cards at Macc

  • The Children's Society works with some of Britain's most vulnerable children and young people. Children with disabilities, child runaways, homeless teenagers and young families experiencing problems.
    Originally called The Waifs and Strays Society in the 19th Century, The Children's Society has changed more than just its name. It has responded to changes in social attitudes and problems, finding new ways to help the many children damaged by society and often neglected by their own families.
    One of the new schemes was pioneered very successfully here in Manchester and has now extended to other parts of the country. Called Safe in the City, it aims to help both practically and emotionally some of the 100,000 children under 16 who run away from home each year. Social workers from the Society seek out these children in railway and bus stations, squats and other areas to which youngsters gravitate.
    Practically they are given clothing, food and shelter in refuges established for this purpose. They are befriended by caring young adults who will listen to their problems and help them to plan a way forward. For many children it is often the first time anyone has cared enough to listen without criticism.
    The Children's Society is a Christian organisation which exists to work with and for children and young people regardless of race, culture or creed.
    Thank you for helping to give all children the positive start in life they deserve.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, and Hale Visit the the Children's Society web site

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    Christie Cards at Wilmslow, Alt

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    Christian Aid Cards at Macclesfield

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  • Combat Stress Cards at Wilms, Knutsford, Macc, Alt

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  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust Cards at Wilms, Macc

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  • East Cheshire Eye Society Cards at Macclesfield

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  • East Cheshire Hospice Cards at Wilms, Knuts, Macc

  • East Cheshire Hospice was opened in 1988 and provides compassionate and expert care to adults diagnosed with life limiting illness. We offer a haven of care and calm for the communities of Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton, Wilmslow and everywhere in between. We’re at the heart of our local community.
    Offering gold-standard care, compassion, medical and emotional support is what we do every single day. Whilst we provide exceptional and holistic care for people with life-limiting illnesses, we also help their carers and families to cope and even smile through difficult times.
    The word ‘Hospice’ is from the Latin for `hospitality` and it sums up our approach: we’re here to make every day count for our patients, their carers and families. By ensuring there is quality in all that we do, we deliver personalised, expert and compassionate care that puts patients` needs and wishes first.
    If you would like to support East Cheshire Hospice in any way, please contact 01625 610364.
    Visit the East Cheshire Hospice web site

  • Epilepsy Research UK Cards at Wilms, Alt

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  • Francis House Children's Hospice Hospice Cards at Wilms, Knuts, Altrincham

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  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Cards at Wilms, Alt

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  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Cards at Wilmslow, Macc, Alt

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    Humane Research Trust Cards at Wilms, Alt, Macc

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  • Kidneys for Life Cards at Wilms, Knuts, Macc, Alt

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    Marie Curieards at Wilm, Macc, Knuts, Altrincham

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    Marie Curie Cards at Alt

  • Every day of your life matters – from the first to the last. We believe everyone living with a terminal illness should be able to get the most from the time they have left, however hard that may sometimes feel. We’ve been around as long as the NHS. And over the last 60 years, we’ve been there for hundreds of thousands of families. We’ll be here for you and your family when you may feel like no-one else is, to help you cope when you don’t know how. Marie Curie Nurses care for you in your home, when you need them most, day or night. Our hospices are at the heart of communities around the UK, offering specialist round-the-clock care. And our trained volunteers and advisers are here for you with practical information and support when you don’t know what to do next or just need to talk. We’ll be by your side with care and support every step of the way, bringing light in the darkest hours. But our ageing population means more and more people are living with a terminal illness, often with more complex needs. Most families in the UK will find themselves grappling with these issues in the coming years. Even now, one in four people doesn’t get the care and support they need at the end of their life. We don’t think that’s good enough. We don’t think anyone should have to face the most difficult time in their lives by themselves. So we’re determined to do more, for more of the people who need us, than we ever have before. We urgently need support to make that possible – just £20 will pay for an hour of care from a Marie Curie Nurse. Because every day matters wheocientyn you’re living with a terminal illness.

    For more information, volunteering opportunities and ways you can get involved please contact Jessica Herrington on 0161 255 2800 or email jessica.herrington@mariecurie.org.uk
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Altrincham, Hale and Knutsford Visit the Marie Curie site

  • Martyn Donaldson Music Trust Cards available at Macclesfield

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  • Motor Neurone Disease Association Cards available at Wilmslow, Macc, Altrincham

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  • Multiple Sclerosis Society Cards available at Wilmslow

  • Stockport Multiple Sclerosis Society is a branch of the national MS society. It exists to support the welfare needs of members throughout its catchment area. It also offers medical advice, counselling for sufferers and carers and provides equipment and financial assistance when needed.
    One of the MS Society's main objectives is to promote and fund MS research. We fund scientific and applied research in order to make the maximum impact on MS, and the quality of life of people affected by MS.
    Fundraisers work hard to pump around £2M into research each year, and we encourage others to fund MS research, for example, other funding bodies and relevant industries.
    There have been a number of encouraging breakthroughs in recent years, and new treatments and drugs are constantly being tested, current research being carried out in Israel is particularly encouraging, and there are optimistic signs of potential success. Support is given to professionals who specialise in MS, through training programmes and exchange of ideas and innovative developments.
    The Stockport branch, which will directly benefit from Christmas card sales in the Combined Charity Card Shops, aims to be a supportive and caring friend to those who suffer from this debilitating and physically threatening disease. The support received through the card shops which the MS Society has participated in since they first started 34 years ago is very much valued and appreciated.
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Knutsford
  • National Autistic Society Cards at Macclesfield

  • What is Autism?
    It is a modern condition not true.
    The first detailed description of a person with Autism dates back to the late 18th century. Autism is only found in children not true. It is a lifelong disability, which affects the way a person sees the world and relates to it. People with Autism have at least one exceptional talent not true.
    Forget Rainman; such skills exist in very rare cases. Autism is often an invisible disability, making it difficult to create awareness and understanding in the non-Autistic population.
    Present estimates are that 535,000 people in the U.K. have an Autistic spectrum disorder. People across the whole range of intelligence and ability may be affected. It can be associated with learning disability, but is also found in highly intelligent, high-functioning individuals.
    This is a complex developmental disability whose common traits are difficulties in social relationships, difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communications, and limitations in imaginative play. Repetitive behaviour and resistance to change are also very common. There is no cure for Autism but there are many ways through support and education, that people can be helped, whatever their age. For example, a successful social skills group for young people in years 6/7/8, plus a chess club at The King's School, Chester has been set up. This will soon extend to the 14+ age group, and plans are afoot to develop similar groups in East Cheshire.
    Cards available at Macclesfield Visit the National Autistic Society web site

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    National Deaf Children's Society Cards available at Wilmslow

  • The East Cheshire Deaf Children's Society (ECDCS) is affiliated to the National Deaf Children's Society and represents the Society at local level by assisting children with any level of hearing loss along with their families.
    Our Society gives financial support in purchasing various things such as personal hearing associated equipment consisting of FM systems or radio aids to help children at school who have hearing difficu1ties. Another item is a sound field system when a teacher wears a microphone and speakers are placed in the classroom so as to assist children who have a hearing loss. We have also bought digital cameras to help with development at school. By photographing movement and various actions and then showing the print on a lap top deaf children are helped to match words with the actions they see. Toys are also supplied to local audiology clinics (Macclesfield and Crewe), and social events and information days arranged to enable families of children with hearing disabilities to meet in a more informal environment.

    Due to the new early screening of newborn babies there has been a rise in the early diagnosis of children with hearing impairments. The Society has funded a fortnightly parents and toddler group over the last 2 years enabling families to meet and exchange views and experiences with professionals who come regularly to give ta1ks on relevant issues. One group meets in Macclesfield and the other in Crewe with teachers of the deaf attending on a voluntary basis. Whilst being funded by Cheshire County Council, the ECDCS pays the professional visitors and also for the hire of the hall. This has proved a most valuable way of helping families in stressful times, and we are committed to maintaining the funding for these sessions.
    The Society has to raise a1l its funding independently from the NDCS. For many years the main source of income has been through the sale of cards at the Combined Charities Christmas Shops, for which we are most grateful.
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Knutsford Visit the National Deaf Children's Society web site

  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Cards at Wilmslow, Macc, Alt

  • The NSPCC's purpose is to end cruelty to children. Our vision is of a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential. Such a challenging aspiration requires a major shift in society. While recognising the need to provide vision and leadership, the NSPCC cannot end cruelty to children on its own and we seek to work in partnership with other agencies and individuals. We seek to achieve cultural, social and political change - influencing legislation, policy, practice, attitudes and behaviours for the benefit of children and young people. This is achieved through a combination of service provision, lobbying, campaigning and public education.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Altrincham, Hale, Sale and Knutsford Visit the NSPCC web site

  • New Start Cards at Wilmslow, Alt

  • The New Start charity has raised over £6M to build a dedicated Transplant Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital - the first fully integrated heart/lung unit in Europe. Transplants since 1987 now total 600.
    In May 2004 cardiologists at Wythenshawe Hospital asked if we could raise sufficient funds to purchase a dedicated Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Scanner - which costs £1M. The CMR Scanner can detect 85% of heart problems without the need for invasive methods. This would be of particular benefit to young people born with suspected heart defects and those with a family history of heart disease. There are only a few of these machines in the country, and none in the north-west. Since May 2004 we have already raised £0.5M. We desperately need to raise the other £0.5M as soon as possible, because the need is so great.

    We have taken on a massive task but because it has so many benefits we are determined to raise the money as soon as possible. We are, as always, reliant on your continuing support to give new hope and a new start to so many people.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Altrincham, Hale and Sale Order cards
    Visit the New Start Charity web site

  • North West Air Ambulance Cards at Wilms, Alt, Macclesfield

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  • Oxfam Cards at Alt, Macclesfield

  • Oxfam works with others worldwide to overcome poverty and suffering. It specializes in water and sanitation, food security, nutrition and health promotion, especially following natural disasters or conflicts.
    Following the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004, Oxfam was one of the first agencies on the scene, as workers were already in the affected areas. Of the £300M raised nationally for the Disasters Emergency Committee £20M is allocated to OXFAM to continue its work there this year, with more to follow in 2006/7.
    Meanwhile, thirty other developing countries are being helped in various ways to improve their health, education and standard of living. Communities are helping themselves by producing goods for sale in the Fairtrade market. Some of these foods now available are cocoa, honey, fruit, nuts, oil as well as tea and coffee.
    Also re-starting is OXFAM UNWRAPPED, where donations buy livestock or train farmers and the donor receives a gift card.
    Thank you for your support.
    Cards available at Macclesfield Hale and Sale Visit the Oxfam web site

  • Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Cards at Wilmslow

  • The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund is a national charity dedicated to promoting and supporting more research into pancreatic cancer, by raising funds itself, and by lobbying the major research funding organisations to give pancreatic cancer the attention it deserves.

    While survival rates for many types of cancer have been improving, this is not the case for pancreatic cancer. The five year survival rate is 3% - the lowest survival rate of all the cancers. This figure has barely changed in 40 years. Pancreatic cancer research is also underfunded compared with many other types of cancer.
    Cards available at Wilmlow and online Order cards
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  • Prevent Breast Cancer Cards at Wilmslow, Alt

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  • The Rossendale Trust provides care and support in Cheshire and Derbyshire to 64 people with learning and some physical disabilities. All are tenants, living as independently as possible in shared accommodation. Our mission is to meet the needs of the people we support whilst enabling them to have ownership of their own lives and futures.
    Cards available at Macclesfield and Knutsford Visit the Rossendale Trust Web Site

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    Royal National Lifeboat Institution Cards at Wilmslow, Macc

  • Since its foundation in 1824 by Sir William Hilary, the volunteer lifeboat crews have saved over 136,000 lives and have recently extended their rescue activities to providing both beach patrols and lifeguards.
    The running costs of some £300,000 per day is raised through donations and legacies, the RNLI does not receive any Government or National Lottery financial assistance.
    The active fleet of over three hundred lifeboats now includes hovercraft, one of which is based locally at New Brighton and another played a vital role saving people in the recent Morecambe Bay cockle fishing tragedy.
    Today, less than 10% of crew members come from a maritime background thus placing great emphasis on training. To this end The Lifeboat College at Poole was opened by HM The Queen last year and at this College full training is given to both home and overseas crews.
    We, the local members of the RNLI support the brave volunteer crews by raising money from events such as this Charity Christmas Card Shop and Lifeboat Day collections, if you can spare an hour or so, please contact the Area office at 0161 787 8779.
    It is wonderful to consider that your generosity can turn small change into life savings.
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Altrincham, Knutsford and Hale Visit the the Royal National Lifeboat Institution web site

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    Royal Osteoporosis Society Cards at Wilmslow, Alt

  • The Royal Osteoporosis Society is the UK’s only national charity dedicated to bone health and osteoporosis. We work to improve the bone health of the nation and support everyone with osteoporosis to live well through our support services and advice.
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Macclesfield
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    Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Cards at Wilmslow, Macc, Alt

  • The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife, thus helping to create a better world for all of us.
    Recent conservation projects locally include Operation Tree Sparrow. Their numbers have declined alarmingly, by 95% since 1979. The Wildlife Explorers, the Junior Section of RSPB, were involved in making nest boxes and monitoring the scheme. Other projects include restoration and maintenance of hay meadows and farmland adjacent to the moorland fringe - both important habitats.
    The nearest RSPB Reserves are:-
    Marshside, near Southport. An important refuge in winter for pink-footed geese, wigeons, black-tailed godwits and golden plovers. In spring it attracts lapwings and redshanks, which are in decline elsewhere.
    Gayton Sands, Parkgate Cheshire. Wonderful for large flocks of wading birds.
    Coombes Valley, Leek Staffordshire. A beautiful steep-sided wooded valley provides a home for pied-flycatchers, redstarts, wood warblers, butterflies, flowers and other wildlife.
    For more information about the Macclesfield branch, contact: Mrs Daryll Bailey (01625 430311) secretary@macclesfieldrspb.org.uk
    Cards available at Wilmslow and Macclesfield Visit the RSPB web site

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    Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Cards at Wilmslow, Macc, Alt

  • RSPCA aims to promote kindness and to prevent or suppress cruelty to animals. As well as the work carried out in the field by the RSPCA Inspectors and Animal Collection Officers, who respond to reports of ill-treatment of animals, neglect, and carry out rescues; RSPCA branches work at a local level to provide direct animal welfare services in a specific geographical area.
    There are 47 branches, all separately registered charities, Each year the RSPCA re-homes approximately 21,000 animals, and neuters almost 11,000 animals.
    Assistance is also provided towards the cost of veterinary treatment for those owners with limited means, some 40,000 animals. This work would not be possible without the support and commitment of the branch volunteers.
    Branches work closely with the Inspectorate, taking in unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals and care for them until they can be found new homes. Some branches run their own Animal Centres, others use private boarding establishments and foster homes. In 2005 we are launching a joint initiative with the Dog's Trust throughout the North to try and neuter 5000 dogs by the end of the year, and so reduce the number of unwanted litters.
    The Altrincham branch were fortunate to receive a legacy last year to be used on capital projects to help cats. A significant part of this went to rebuild the cattery at the RSPCA Warrington Animal Centre, and a further amount was donated to a branch in Rochdale to provide new pens in their new cattery.
    Cards available at Macclesfield, Altrincham, Hale, Sale and Knutsford Visit the the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals web site

  • Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Cards at Wilmslow, Alt

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  • Save the Children Cards at Macc

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  • St Ann's Hospice Cards at Wilmslow, Alt

  • St. Ann's Hospice provides care each year for more than 3000 people with life threatening illnesses. All care is provided free of charge.
    To continue to offer its wide range of services, which now includes extensive day care facilities, alternative therapies and also support for carers, St. Ann's Hospice needs to raise £5.7m per year through voluntary contributions that is almost £15,500 per day.
    St Ann's patients are drawn from Greater Manchester and North Cheshire and its ethos was recognised earlier this year when it was named the 2nd Best Employer to work for in the whole of the UK. Your support to help others is very much appreciated.
    If you would like to help in any way please phone 0161-498-3631
    Cards available at Wilmslow, Altrincham, Hale, Sale and online Order cards
    Visit the St Ann's Hospice web site

  • Stockdales Cards at Alt

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  • Wilmslow Wells for Africa Cards at Wilmslow

  • Wilmslow Wells for Africa was founded in 1984 by a local woman, Brenda Motterhead, who had personally witnessed the appalling effects of having no access to clean water in African villages, even though this was available underground. She was determined to make a difference to the health of these rural communities and, 31 years later, the charity has funded almost 200 projects to provide wells, boreholes, water harvesting and storage systems. The volunteer-run organisation collaborates with trusted partners working ‘on the ground’ to achieve the improvements. Over £1 million has now been raised by the charity, with 99.2% of that sum being spent directly on the projects – all skills and time are freely given by the WWA supporters. The emphasis in recent years has been on projects in Uganda, Malawi, Zambia,Tanzania & Kenya.
    Cards available at Wilmslow Visit the Wilmslow Wells web site