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Drive - Interview with Duncan Hepburn & Dianne Jarrett

Today on Drive in association with Mizu Noodle Bar, Brook Street, Brentwood I was joined by two guest; Duncan Hepburn from Hepburns of Shenfield and Dianne Jarrett from Cards for Good Causes.



Hepburns of Shenfield has seen great success in recent months; not only have they won two gold stars at the Best Taste Awards, the owner Duncan Hepburn has featured on GMTV in the Great British Cookbook series. Duncan created and presented his recipe of Roast Rib of Beef with Horseradish butter which aired on GMTV Monday 22nd September and also Friday 26th September.

Duncan is also hoping to be featured in the second Great British Cook Book series on GMTV this Christmas after they filmed his award winning steak and kidney pie recipe too!

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Hepburns of Shenfield
01277 216 656




Dianne Jarrett also joined me to talk about Cards for Good Causes Christmas card shop which is at Brentwood Library.


Now I invited Dianne into the studio after reading in the local Gazette that the charity shop; which has raised almost £250,000 in the past nine years, may not reach its landmark 10th birthday because of a lack of volunteers.
Dianne blames the credit for the plummeting number of unpaid volunteers as more and more people need to earn cash ahead of the most expensive time of the year.
She is looking for a manager to run the Brentwood shop, and without a manager, they cant run the shop! Volunteer shop managers are needed to run the shop for a period of eight weeks between October and December and no previous experience is necessary. The post can be shared, which would suit newly retired people or those with children at school.
If you can help, call Dianne on 01732 838246

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How Cards for Good Causes began

In 1959, James “Jim” Jackson, Secretary of the British Diabetic Association, gathered a group of medical charities together to discuss the coordination of publicity for selling charity cards at Christmas. In 1964, they began selling cards from empty shops in town centres. The name “Cards for Good Causes” was first mooted in 1971, but it was not until 1988 that it was formally established as the trading arm of The 1959 Group of Charities.

Cards for Good Causes Today

We are the UK’s largest multi-charity Christmas card organization with the most shops in the country.

79p in the £1 - Thats the minimum Cards for Good Causes gives back to charities for every card sold. From this, the charities have to pay for the production and distribution of thier cards and any VAT.

Our aims are simple – offer the widest choice of charity cards and keep raising as much money as possible each year for our charities.

Cards for Good Causes sells cards on behalf of more than 320 national and local charities. In most shops at least 25 charities are represented.

Cards for Good Causes manages a national network of 350 charity Christmas card shops, throughout the country, from Truro to Pitlochry.

Cards for Good Causes sells charity Christmas cards from temporary shops set up in sites such as churches, libraries, community centres, tourist information centres and museums.

Most Cards for Good Causes shops are staffed by volunteers, with most managers receiving modest remuneration.

In the last five years charities have received over £20 million from their card sales through Cards for Good Causes outlets. From this total, the charities had to pay for the production and distribution of their cards and any VAT.

And locally, Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower, St Luke's Hospice in Basildon and Elizabeth Fitzroy Support in Rayleigh will benefit from the cash raised at the Brentwood and Billericay Branches.

It’s not just Christmas cards! In most shops Cards for Good Causes also sells a range of Christmas goods, including advent calendars, Christmas wrapping paper and gift tags to help meet operating costs.

Cards for Good Causes Limited (VAT No GB 458 9691 78 Registered in England No 2260866) is the trading company of The 1959 Group of Charities (Registered Charity No 249039).

The Brentwood Branch (manager permitting) will be opening on 27th October till 18th December, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.

Head and Registered Office
1 Edison Gate, West Portway, Andover, Hampshire SP10 3SE
Tel: 01264 361555  Email:

I even had time to for a bit of the entertainment news, which included Anne Hathaway, Jamie Oliver, Harry Enfield and the High School Musical 3 premiere

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