Cards For Good Causes Volunteer Case Study: Glen Couper

Glen Couper has years of experience in distributing Christmas cards for charity - and is now proud to continue this work for Christmas card charity Cards For Good Causes.

Online PR News – 26-October-2012 – Andover, Hampshire – You could say selling Christmas cards for charity is in Glen Couper’s blood and she certainly learnt it at her mother’s knee.

The 64-year-old, who runs the Cards for Good Causes pop-up card shop in Sunninghill, Berkshire, sold her first Christmas card when she was just 14, sitting at the family’s dining room table in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

“When I was 10 my sister Heather was born with Down’s Syndrome. Sadly she died 15 months later so my parents got involved in selling Christmas cards and calendars to raise money for what is now Mencap. They used to buy the cards from a company called Ivory – now Webb Ivory – and sell them to friends and neighbours.

“From October every year our dining room table was covered in cards and about 50 to 60 boxes of them would be stacked up in the room. We used to take orders over the phone and people always rang while we were eating. They used to say ‘we knew you’d be in then!’

“It was great fun. People would come to the house to buy cards and my brother and I would also make up the orders we took over the phone. I also used to take the cards into school and sell them there as well.

“I think it was my parents’ way of coping with the loss of their child. At that time there was no support at all for people with a disabled child. You were just left to get on with it on your own. The money we raised was used to give families a bit of extra support because then there was nowhere for them to go to for help.”

Glen, who worked as a Marie Curie nurse, also worked at the card suppliers before she started her training.

“Before I started nursing I worked at Webb Ivory. I remember I used to come home on the train covered in glitter from the cards. I still smile at that memory.”

Fifteen years ago she got involved in volunteering at the local Cards for Good Causes shop that opened its doors every year in Sunninghill. A few years ago she took on managing the shop for its three months of opening with her husband Robert.

“I’ve always bought charity Christmas cards, I don’t really understand why people don’t. It’s such a simple way of giving to the charity you support because we all have our favourite charities.

“I still recognise some of the card designs from those used when I was selling cards as a teenager from my parents’ dining room table. I have very happy memories of that time and I still enjoy selling cards now, 50 years later.”

Cards for Good Causes Sunninghill shop is open 10am to 4pm Mondays to Saturdays from 25 October to 19 December in Cordes Hall in the High Street.