Three Highland charities are urging people to show they care this Christmas by sending cards to people affected by the strain of 2020.
Highland Hospice, Marie Curie and CHAS (Children's Hospices Across Scotland) have each launched a range of cards, which are going to be available for sale in the Eastgate Centre from Wednesday 4th November until Saturday 14th November (10am to 4pm), under the umbrella name of United Highland Charities.
Highland Hospice Trading Manager Marie-Anne Vrac explains, “The effects of not working or isolating have impacted many who have experienced loneliness or suffered from mental health issues.
“Very often people don’t show that they are struggling and it’s not always the most obvious people who are in need of a helping hand or kind gesture. This year more than ever before, showing you care by sending a Christmas card with a few kind words could really help to brighten someone’s day.
“If you don’t usually send cards, why not make this year an exception? Just taking the time to be mindful and think of who would appreciate hearing from you could have huge benefits. Without doubt, this is the perfect time to practise being kind.”
The cards on offer from the charities include stunning images of Highland scenery, traditional designs, beautiful images of animals and some more quirky modern designs.
Marie-Anne added, “It is so kind of Jackie Cuddy and the Eastgate Centre to allow us to sell our cards there this year, even with less charities participating than usual. Eastgate have been so helpful in helping us to set up our stall in a safe way, adhering to the current Covid guidelines.
“By purchasing charity Christmas cards, you will also be supporting three well-loved charities that help many people through difficult times. Fundraising for all three of us has been impacted due to the effects of coronavirus, with most of our events being cancelled.
“Our Christmas cards are unable to be sold in many of the usual shops or stalls which stock them at this time of year, so by purchasing them in Eastgate, you will be helping us greatly.
“Why not put the sparkle into someone’s Christmas and support a deserving cause at the same time?”