THE SPIRIT of giving has arrived in Stratford.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has set up a charity Christmas card shop in the United Reform Church on Rother Street.
Cards sold will raise money for the Midlands Charities Association (MCA) which supports 25 charities including the Air Ambulance, Shakespeare Hospice and Friends of Stratford Hospital.
And new charities this year include Warwickshire Vision Support, Cruse Bereavement Care and Shelter.
Stratford Mayor John Bicknell was there to officially launch the shop and have the first pickings of the Christmas card crop.
The shop will be open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. The times may vary when events are held at the church.
It will run to December 12.
Nearly £6million has been raised from Christmas cards since the MCA was founded over 50 years ago to relieve human suffering.