Online cardie appeals for greeting cards to send to sick children
Kate Malt of online card and gift shop, Love Kates has been supporting the charity Post Pals since May 2016, sourcing 50 greeting cards a month for the charity to send to sick children in hospital. She now needs help from the industry to find more cards each month that Post Pals can send to brighten the days of chronically and terminally ill children.
Kate explains how she got involved with the charity: “Originally, we got involved when Sarah Torode, one of the volunteers at Post Pals contacted us because they wanted to send 50 Second Nature pop-ups. I was so inspired by what the volunteers at Post Pals did that I wanted to help them. I love cards and card sending and when I found out more about Post Pals I wanted to add as many smiles to as many faces as I could. As Post Pals is a charity run entirely by volunteers, I knew if I could source cards from our contacts in the industry it would be a help to them.”
Since the first 50 pop-ups were originally donated to Post Pals, Kate has sourced a further 50 cards a month. Second Nature, Cardmix, Woodmansterne, UK Greetings, Blue Eyed Sun, Carte Blanche and most recently Ling have all donated cards to send to Post Pals.
Sarah Torode, Post Pals Extra Smiles’ team coordinator says: “Since working with Love Kates we have been sent some wonderful cards from different publishers. I cannot even begin to tell you what a difference the card donations have made to Post Pals. To receive an uplifting card every month is like having a burst of sunshine on a rainy day for our seriously ill children. The excitement of a card being delivered by the postman when you are seriously ill is priceless. The monthly card donations have made a huge impact on our children and we would love for anyone else in the industry who may be able to help to come forward.”
Any publisher (or retailer) wishing to help by donating 50 cards, should get in touch with Kate Malt at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cards need to be open designs (not birthday) and suitable for a range of boys and girls. Sensory cards (noisy cards, pop-ups, light-up) are particularly welcome!
Pictured at top: Some of the children Post Pals has sent cards to.