12 new designers create 2014 ‘real deal’ charity Christmas cards | Action Medical Research

12 new designers create 2014 ‘real deal’ charity Christmas cards

30 April 2014

Twelve artists from around the country have teamed up to produce a range of Christmas cards where the beneficiary charity, Action Medical Research, receives all of the money. Designers, printers and even envelope makers have all collaborated and donated their services for free to ensure the charity receives every penny from every card sold. A similar initiative last year raised £13,000 for the children’s charity.

The idea to publish 12 different packs of Christmas cards, with the charity benefiting from the entire retail price, is the brainchild of Lynn Tait. Lynn, a gallery owner in Leigh on Sea, has owned a greeting card business for more than 20 years.

A long-standing supporter of the children’s charity, Lynn again this year invited 12 Ladder Club attendees to design and donate an exclusive piece of artwork for the venture. The Ladder Club seminars are crash-courses in greeting card publishing run on a not-for-profit basis by Lynn.

Lynn Tait, commented: "After the great success of last year’s initiative raising £13,000 and the wonderful comments from people who bought the cards in 2013, I am very excited to be working with these new artists who have designed a varied collection of cards with every penny going to Action Medical Research. Please support the charity and help us reach our target of £15,000." 

Other artists who have donated their artwork for the cards include: Aianna, Dry Red Press, I Drew This, Lorraine Stylianou, Molly Mae, Olivia Goddard Designs, Perkins and Morley, Pink Pig Art, Red Berry Hill, Rose Hill Designs, The Bees Knees, Trumpers World.

Nicole Orsi, who designed one of the cards from Red Berry Hill, commented: “I was very excited when I got the call from Lynn to participate in this project and felt very privileged to have been asked. It is such a great idea to take twelve members of the Ladder Club to produce a range of Christmas cards for Action Medical Research.  I am proud to support this project and I have really enjoyed producing a design for this wonderful charity.”

Sherwood Press, The Imaging Centre, Enveco and G F Smith have all agreed to donate their services for free to produce the cards.  

The cards are formally launched at Progressive Greetings Live on 13 May and will be available to buy on the Action Medical Research website later in the year.

All of the money raised will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.  Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:
tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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