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Let’s tell our loved ones we’re thinking of them

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Receiving a handwritten card generates positive feelings of wellbeing : 


Scientists have proven that sending cards generates positive feelings of wellbeing. Receiving a handwritten card creates a warm boost to your mood. It makes you feel far more special than receiving texts, email or Facebook messages. For this reason, Phoenix Trading is supporting the Greeting Card Association’s Thinking Of You Week in 2016 (26 Sept-2 Oct).

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Help Create a Wave of Happiness :

The idea is to create a wave of love, caring and happiness by sending a card to a different person each day during this special week. Royal Mail has even designed a special postmark which will be printed on every item of stamped post sent during the week!

To make this task even easier, Phoenix Trading has pulled together a special pack of seven gorgeous designs which you can purchase for just £8.40. That’s just £1.20 per card giving you a total saving of £3.85 compared with their normal retail price. In addition, Phoenix Trading will donate £1 from the sale of each pack to mental health charity MIND.

According to mental health charity MIND :

“Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. We believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone.”

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Even celebrities suffer mental health problems :

Many high profile celebrities have admitted to suffering from mental health problems: Hugh Lawrie and Stephen Fry to name but a few. The new series of Cold Feet has tackled the problem of mental illness head on. Character Peter Gifford unravels emotionally on the screen before us unbeknown to his friends and family.

My Personal Experience :

With the exception of a few sleepless nights and the odd panic attack and bad day, I have been lucky enough not to suffer from depression myself. I have, however, experienced its devastating effect at first hand. My husband has battled with bipolar for over twenty years and my daughter has recently been diagnosed with severe anxiety and an eating disorder. My son also suffered depression and had counselling following a bout of bullying at school a few years ago. Unfortunately, such cases are very common. I have countless other family members and friends who have experienced similar problems. It’s so important that they feel supported and understood.

The Science :

Cognitive neuroscientist Dr Lynda Shaw believes that receiving cards helps to stave off feelings of loneliness and isolation, increases self esteem and can even help to ward off the early signs of depression.

Let’s help the Greeting Card Association create their wave of happiness by sending a card each day during Thinking Of You Week.

Who do you know who needs a boost?

To purchase our special pack of seven cards visit: Sarah Loves Cards 

Charity Vintage Afternoon Tea

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What a beautiful September Sunday afternoon!

I was invited to take my cards along today to a Charity Vintage Tea Party in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust and The Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund in the beautiful gardens of the renowned Norfolk Royale Hotel, Bournemouth.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was a lovely event. The tables looked beautiful, covered in vintage china and accessories supplied by new business Flo’s Garden. The Norfolk Royale Hotel had laid on a fabulous spread of scrumptious cakes and home made fresh cut sandwiches with fizz or tea as an accompaniment.

Charlie WoodfordFifteen year old Charlie Woodford entertained us with a combination of jazz guitar and live vocals. A very talented young man! As was the young magician who wowed us all with his card tricks as he wandered between the tables.

A big thank you to Hazel Hatch from Wessex Cancer Trust who invited me along. I was also delighted to meet the founders of a small local charity called The Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund, founded in memory of their eight year old daughter who sadly lost her battle with cancer a few years ago. The charity provides grants for children with serious chronic, life-limiting and terminal illnesses in Dorset.

If you would like to find out more about the various charitable events organised by Wessex Cancer Trust e-mail Hazel Hatch at

Where to purchase my cards from now until Christmas

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I can’t believe there are just six more Mondays left before Christmas.

Where does the time go? If you haven’t already done your Christmas Stationery shop then now is a good time to do it.

My online shop is open 24 hours/day and delivery is within 3-5 working days. Simply Buy Online at Sarah Loves Cards.

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If you prefer to actually view and handle the cards then there are three options :


  1. If you are local you can borrow a basket of stock to choose from at your leisure.
  2. You could host a card party and invite your friends for a festive get together. If you are local I will bring my stock. However, if you live more than an hour’s drive away I can supply you with catalogues and a set of Christmas Card samples.
  3. Pop along to one of the many fairs that I will be exhibiting at in the lead up to Christmas:
  • Secretts Garden Centre, Godalming, Surrey – A Taste of Christmas – Fri 15th Nov-Sun 17th Nov
  • Romsey Hospital League of Friends Coffee Morning – Romsey Town Hall – Fri 22nd Nov 10am
  • Winchester Christmas Market Thurs 21st Nov- Wed 4th Dec. Our cabin backs onto the Ice Rink in the Cathedral Grounds
  • Bournemouth Pavilion Festive Gift Fair – Sat 30th Nov-Sun 1st Dec

As always, Phoenix Trading has produced a fabulous range of charity Christmas cards, wrapping materials and gift ideas so do take a look.