EVERYONE'S A VOLUNTEER
Usually the day before opening, volunteers assemble the shelving which has been stored at a volunteers home from last year, and the shelves are then filled, again by volunteers. The whole ethos is that 100% goes to the charities, and any - usually very small - expenses are raised during the year, or given as donations by individuals or companies - in 2017 we thanked Aviva, Steeles Law and especially Roche Surveyors for their support.
The Original Norwich Christmas Card Shop has an ongoing committee with a constitution, chairperson, secretary, treasurer etc. During the rest of the year it meets regularly and plans for the next year, but always there is one problem: where will the shop be? We will only know at the last moment whether a particular empty shop will allow us to "pop up" for those all important 8 weeks.
The good stuff
Since the pop-up shops opened in 1966 a staggering contribution approaching £1.64 million in cards alone has been raised for our Charities in the 52 years up to 2018!
Every penny goes to the Charities
The shop is entirely run by volunteers - an army of them!
We only pay to heat the shop, but everything else is covered by donations or fund raising - because that would take from the money we donate to the charities.
We rely on being offered a shop for free in central Norwich by either a kindly person, or a kindly company or estate agent!
0% comes out of the running costs for organising it or setting it up.
Everything, everything goes to the charities!
Charities list 2018
30 Charities received 100% of takings!
Big C Cancer Charity
CAB (Citizens’ Advice Bureau)
Community Sports Foundation
East Anglian Air Ambulance
Epilepsy Research UK
Friends of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Friends of Norwich Cathedral
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People
John Aves Education Project
Make a Wish
NNAB (Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind)
Norwich Cruse Bereavement Care
Save the Children
St Edmunds Society
St Martins Housing Trust
The Benjamin Foundation