Surprise present for Christmas card seller

PUBLISHED: 08:10 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:10 05 November 2015

Pictured  at the presentation are (l to r)  Jenny Johnston, Diana Church, Anne Double and Michael Keenes. Photo by CHRIS CARSON

Pictured at the presentation are (l to r) Jenny Johnston, Diana Church, Anne Double and Michael Keenes. Photo by CHRIS CARSON

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Axminster charity volunteer praised by team for his 25 years' service

A dedicated charity worker, who helps to provide a vital Christmas boost for needy people, received a thank-you from fellow volunteers last week.

Michael Keenes’ 25 years of selling ‘Cards for Good Causes’ at Axminster was recognised with a surprise presentation by his colleagues.

He has been a familiar face at the multi-charity Christmas card shop every Thursday morning since it was launched in the town a quarter of a century ago.

Now a great-grandfather, Michael started as a volunteer in 1990, a few years after losing his wife, because he lived ‘out in the sticks’ and found he enjoyed the opportunity to do something for a good cause in the company of other volunteers.

Over the years he has helped raise many thousands of pounds for the wide variety of charities whose cards are on sale, and says he has really enjoyed meeting members of the public – some of whom have been coming back as customers for as long as he has been helping.

Michael, of Kilmington, said he had no idea that it had been so long because he has enjoyed it so much.

Organisers say they hope he will continue to be at his post on Thursday mornings for many years to come. After receiving a thank-you gift from local group founder Diana Church, Michael, a retired social worker, told the Herald: “It’s all about the companionships really. I love seeing the old friends each year.”

The Cards for Good Causes Axminster shop will be open at the Home-in-Style department of Trinity House – on the second floor with lift access - until December 10, from 10am to 4pm each day, from Monday to Saturday.

Cards for Good Causes is the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organisation, helping to raise funds for national and local charities [or their trading subsidiaries] from a nationwide network of around 300 temporary shops.

It pays participating charities - or their trading subsidiaries - at least 70pence in every pound from their card sales, less the VAT payable on the amount retained by CfGC to cover the running costs.

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