Harrods completes triple in Scrooge award

Harrods has been named as England's meanest Christmas card retailer for the third year running, according to the Charities Advisory Trust.

The trading advice charity has surveyed high-street retailers for the past seven years and gives its Christmas Scrooge Award to the firm that donates the lowest percentage of the price of its Christmas cards to charity.

The survey shows that from the range of 174 designs on sale in Harrods, 82 per cent give less than 10 per cent to charity and 46 per cent yield less than 5 per cent.

It also reveals that the smallest amount given to charity is 3.9 per cent of a card costing 30p, published by Special Edition, in aid of Save the Children and the British Heart Foundation.

The Georgy Porgy award for greed went to high-street chain Cards Galore, where 147 out of 171 ranges forward less than 10 per cent to charity.

John Lewis came out as most generous, forwarding 25 per cent of the cost of its own cards to charity.

Dame Hilary Blume, director of the Charities Advisory Trust, said another issue was the number of cards that are printed in China.

"I don't see how you can be an organisation campaigning against global warming, such as Oxfam, and have your cards printed in China," she said. "It just brings everything into disrepute - it's hypocrites anonymous really."


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