Two Nottinghamshire charities are now accepting the first multi-retailer gift card that can be used exclusively in charity shops.
Treetops Hospice provides respite and end of life care for adults in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire Hospice needs to raise nearly £3million to meet the needs of patients with terminal and life-limiting illness and their loved ones.
The Charity Shop Gift Card has been developed in partnership with the Charity Retail Association (CRA). It can be redeemed across the UK at the participating retail stores of the CRA’s 450 members including Marie Curie’s shops in the Nottingham area.
The scheme will support the growing second-hand revolution, which is helping to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
It will also help national and regional charities boost their own income by giving them their first collective opportunity to tap into the £7billion-a-year gift card market*.
The single-load gift cards themselves are recyclable and compostable and also on sale at www.thecharityshopgiftcard.co.uk, and at supermarkets and other major retailers.
The Charity Shop Gift Card is a member of Social Enterprise UK, and the Gift Card and Voucher Association.
Sara McLuckie, Head of Retail for Treetops Hospice Care, said: “We are really pleased to be joining this growing scheme. It will give new customers an introduction to our shops and the wide range of quality goods we have to offer. This will in turn increase revenue for the hospice and also help people shop more sustainably, something that has come into even more focus of late.”
Rachel Hucknall, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Hospice, said: “We’re thrilled to join the scheme as soon as it is available and we’ve got some fantastic plans for how the gift card can be used to engage with our supporters. Buying a gift card for a friend means you are not only raising vital funds to care for patients with terminal and life-limiting illness, you are also helping to save the planet.”
Lee Fellows, Co-founder of The Charity Shop Gift Card, said: “The gift card market is huge and growing, and central to our aim is to come up with a nationally-accepted, multi-retailer scheme that allows charity shops to tap into that for the first time.”