2 February 2015

Fundraisers play a winning hand

As card sales and a cycle ride raise £18,148 

Twelve artists from around the country who each individually designed a Christmas card for Action Medical Research, have collectively contributed to raising £13, 457 for the children’s charity!  The designers, printers and even envelope makers, including Sherwood Press, The Imaging Centre, Enveco and G F Smith all had a hand in the total too, by donating their services for free to ensure the charity received every penny from every card sold.

In addition, Jeremy Bacon, Group Chief Executive of Sherwood Press, who kindly printed all the designs has played an additional ‘trump’ card. He has raised a further £4,691 by taking part in Action’s London to Paris Cycle Ride, taking the overall 2014 Real Deal Christmas Card project total to £18,148!

The idea to publish 12 different packs of Christmas cards, with the charity benefiting from the entire retail price, was the brainchild of Lynn Tait, a gallery owner in Leigh on Sea, who has owned a greeting card business for more than 20 years. A long-standing supporter of the children’s charity, Lynn again 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 commented: "I’m absolutely delighted with the amount that we’ve raised for Action and want to thank the hard work of all of the 12 designers and sponsors who took part. Without their generosity and enthusiasm this project would not have been possible.”

Artists and publishers who 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 and 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. I am proud to support this project and I have really enjoyed producing a design for this wonderful charity.”

Jeremy Bacon said, “It’s great news about the sales of Christmas cards and such an impressive amount that’s been raised. I am already getting the miles in and planning on riding again for Action Medical Research, in this year’s London to Paris 24 hour in July 2015.”

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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