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Charity Work

We at House of Cards are always delighted to raise money for charity. Fine out what charities we have supported and what we did to raise money for charity here!

At House of Cards we are always pleased to be involved with helping various charities.

We're also proud to sponsor local schools at events such as raffles by donating gifts or House of Cards vouchers as prizes. Please contact your local branch if you would like to request that we help sponsor your event.

Our latest charty venture has been as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations. Nigel Quiney Publications produced a range of 12 Pizazz designs exclusively for House of Cards. We sold these designs at 25 year old prices and donated the entire amount to Child Autism UK. Within the promotional cards were £5000 worth of special HOC £5 gift vouchers (1000 vouchers) as a thank you to our customers. We are still calculating the final amount raised but anticipate it to be around £4000!

25th anniversary photo

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In 2011 we were proud sponsors of Sue Ryder Care's Midnight Walk, which took place on the 14th May in Reading. A 10k walk, this charity event raised vital funds in aid of Nettlebed Hospice.  It was held at Madjeski Stadium and Green Park in Reading and the event encouraged participants from all over Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. House of Cards sponsored the event and also provided a disount voucher and a bracelet to be placed within the goody bag. Our Caversham branch manager, Angie, and two of her staff; Jill and Linda, took part and raised an impressive £400! Here they are in their charity tshirts:

Sue Ryder charity image


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In 2010, as part of House of Cards’ 20th Anniversary celebrations, a new range of cards, Fuschia, produced by UK greetings, were sold at 1990 prices of just 75p with all proceeds going to charities chosen by each of our seven branches. The following charities were supported

charity logos

The promotion was a huge success. The following amounts were raised for each charity:

  • Countess of Brecknock Hospice - £181.50
  • Sue Ryder Care - £521.25
  • Iain Rennie Trust - £1, 185
  • Sobell House Hospice - £247.50
  • Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust - £426.75
  • Style Acre - £384.75

20th anniversary

You can read more about our 20th Anniversary celebrations and our fundraising for the occasion here.

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In 2007 we launched a high-profile competition to raise lots of money for Kidscape.

We launched our "Design a Christmas Card" competition on the 1st July 2007. Aimed at 5-to-11-year-olds, and split into two age categories, 5-8 and 9-11-year-olds, the competition was advertised in schools in the local vicinity of our 6 branches. With such a large-scale target audience, it was decided that there would be three finalists in each age band chosen from each branch. And the prize? Not only would the winners (one from each age band) receive a certificate, £100 worth of vouchers of their choice, and funds towards their schools’ equipment to the value of £250 – they would also have their cards professionally published by Abacus Cards Limited into packs and sold in the 6 House of Cards branches across South England. All finalists would also receive a certificate detailing their achievement and a goody bag including a £5 House of Cards voucher.

This fun and exciting competition not only gave budding artists the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their designs in print, but also raised awareness of the charity Kidscape, a resource for children and families who face bullying and child abuse. All profits raised from the sale of the House of Cards "Design a Christmas Card" competition winners’ cards went to this worthwhile charity who provide advice, information and help towards the prevention of bullying and child abuse and towards creating life-changing solutions that bring peace to a school, a family, a child.

The competition was a phenomenal success and 36 finalists, chosen by the branch managers, enjoyed seeing their designs on display in the branch windows. The two overall winners were then chosen by Abacus Cards Limited, a leading greeting card publisher, who designed the entry form and Point of Sale. Sherwood Press also gave their support towards this project by printing all the forms and the winning entries as Christmas cards.

The winner for the age 5-8 categories was Josie Burton, aged 5, who entered her design into House of Cards' Caversham branch. The blurb on the back of her card read:

“Josie is obviously a very keen and talented artist, even at this young age. She attends Thameside Primary School in Caversham, Reading, and really enjoys painting, dancing, and making things, along with going to school and playing with her best friends. Her favourite colour is pink. She is delighted to have won House of Cards' "Design a Christmas Card" competition and hopes lots of people really enjoy her card.”

The winner for the age 9-11 category was Madeleine Oakley, aged 10, who entered her design into House of Cards' Tring branch. The blurb on the back of the card read:

"Madeleine attends Grove Road Primary School in Tring, Hertfordshire, where her favourite subject is Art. This is something she is very keen to develop, and having won House of Cards’ "Design a Christmas Card" competition, her talents have now been printed for all to see. Madeleine obviously has a creative streak with her hobbies being Art and Crafts, Drama and playing sport, especially Tag Rugby.”

card designs

House of Cards raised a total of £1,100 from this charitable venture.

Comments from the parents:

"Thank you for making your Christmas Card Competition prize-giving such a lovely occasion for all the children involved. They all received such generous prizes. We were delighted with how fabulous Madeleine's design looked when made up into the card. All our friends and family will be receiving Madeleine's card this year! Yours sincerely, Caroline and Howard Oakley."

"I just wanted to pass my thanks on to all the staff that were at the House of Cards’ Caversham branch on Saturday. Although Josie was a little overwhelmed by the whole experience it was wonderful to see her face when she saw the fantastic window display the staff had put together. Everyone was really welcoming and Josie was thrilled with her gift bag. We have decided to keep the gift vouchers safe for a while until Josie decides what she would like to buy. Please pass my thanks on to everyone and I hope that the cards manage to raise lots of money for a very worthwhile cause. Thank you once again, Ingrid Burton."

Comments from Kidscape:

"The Christmas card project with House of Cards has been a pleasure to be involved with, and far exceeded our expectations of what the project would be when we first began working on it. The winning designs were beautiful, and the donation will go a very long way at Kidscape towards helping children who have been badly bullied to turn their life around."


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