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We need your used Christmas cards

Cobalt and Cheltenham based waste collection service Printwaste have teamed up to help people recycle their cards after Christmas. The Charity are accepting used Christmas cards in a collection that runs until Sunday 15 January. Cards can be dropped off in carrier bags to collection points at Thirlestaine Breast Centre, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham, GL52 7AS. People are asked to keep the cards whole and not cut them. Please take stamps or other donations including cash or cheques to Linton House.

Donated cards will then be sorted and upcycled by volunteers into new greetings cards to raise vital funds for the Charity. Printwaste, who specialise in shredding and recycling will remove any waste including trimmings.

Christopher Robins, Marketing Manager, Printwaste said “Our partnership with Cobalt spans over a decade and we are delighted to continue this collaboration as we enter 2023. Cobalt is one of our chosen charities and there’s a real feel-good factor surrounding The Big Sort. Not only are we helping to raise money for a wonderful cause but the campaign is being done in an environmentally-friendly way, with upcycling being one of the best forms of re-purposing your unwanted products like Christmas cards and all off-cuts recycled back into paper-based products.”

Julia Jenkins, Head of Fundraising, Cobalt said “The upcycling of greetings cards is a fantastic fundraising activity that helps us to continue to provide diagnostic imaging to local people in the three counties. The upcycled cards are great value and are lovingly created by our volunteers”.

Greetings cards are available all year round starting at a suggested donation of just £1.00 and are available from the Charity’s offices or at most of their events. Greetings cards can also be ordered online from the charity’s website You can choose your pack size, place your order and make payment securely. Each card will help Cobalt to continue its work to support local people with cancer, dementia and other conditions.