We understand your frustration. Unfortunately, Parkinson's UK does not have any shops.
There is one exception, QEF sell 1959 group cards in some of their shops. We are a member charity and our name appears on the back of the cards along with the other 22 member charities (QEF are also members of the 1959 group).
Our logo also appears on the back of Medici and Ling multi charity cards, these cards are sold in non-chain greetings card shops, gift shops and some department stores nationwide.
We are a member of Cards for Good Causes and sell a range of Parkinson's UK cards in the 340 outlets throughout the UK. The 1959 cards described above are sold in all Cards For Good Causes pop up shops.
We are a guest charity for the Midland Christmas card shops, there are three shops who stock our cards.
Our cards are also available to order via our catalogue and online shop.
Some Parkinson's UK groups purchase our Christmas cards to sell at group meetings, Christmas fairs, school fetes and Christmas Markets.
It would be lovely for a department store, supermarket or high street chain to stock our cards, competition is steep and inclusion is usually part of a charity of the year agreement.
Some chains produce their own charity Christmas cards and invite a small number of charities to be part of their charity Christmas card scheme. The percentage donated to charity on these cards is very small and must be divided amongst all the charities whose logo appears on the cards, in reality just pence per pack.
We’re also aware of the lack of awareness and understanding of Parkinson’s compared to some of the more prominent conditions such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s plus children and animal causes. It’s something we’re doing our best to combat and we’re investing more into our marketing this year to try and educate people on what Parkinson’s is and the complexities around it. In December, we launched the first of our ‘This is Parkinson’s series of campaigns addressing the symptoms (including hidden ones) and lifestyle changes that can come with the condition which will continue throughout the year. We’re committed to doing more, higher impact activity to help educate and change attitudes.
In reference to the GP surgeries, we unfortunately don’t have the resources to get our leaflets into every GP surgery. We are also reviewing our approach to this as we know how important it is to have information available for those who need it.
Apologies for the lengthy response, however, I do hope the above information provides more context to your concerns.
All the best.