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Get Your School Involved In Cash Not Cards Appeal

Cash Not Cars St Marks School

3:01pm 29th November 2012

The Wessex Autistic Society has successfully run a Give Cash not Cardsappeal in collaboration with the local business community for over ten years – raising a staggering £70,000 to help those affected by autism.

Christmas 2012 sees schools get involved in the campaign for the first time with pupils encouraged to give a small donation to the charity instead of buying their friends Christmas cards. Pupils can add their Christmas names to a large poster in a prominent position in the school – ensuring they are still wishing each other a very Merry Christmas.

Gemma Saunders, Corporate Partnerships Officer at The Wessex Autistic Society comments, “It’s an obvious next step for this fun and exciting campaign that has captured the business communities’ attention in recent years. Getting involved has clear benefits for a school as it encourages pupils to think about reducing their environmental impact, being an active citizen in their communities and even reducing bullying or feelings of exclusion for those who may be usually left out of receiving cards. We’re so pleased to announce that St Mark’s Primary School in Swanage has already signed up to the campaign.”

Helen Armstrong, Headteacher at the Primary School adds, “The children are looking forward to adding their names and Christmas messages onto the poster and it will become a real keepsake for the School. The campaign is a great way to bring our Citizenship curriculum alive and really get pupils thinking about how much paper is used in the process of writing and sending cards to each other every year.”

If your school or business would like to get involved in the Give Cash not Cards campaign this year, please get in touch with Gemma Saunders on 01202 703595. Alternatively email

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