Most people prefer to buy charity greetings cards

Graham Willgoss

'You're dumped' and 'Sorry for misbehaving at your wedding' are three examples of new greetings card messages that people feel should be created, according to a survey by Whizz-Kidz, which provides mobility for disabled children.

The survey is to promote its new range of cards - none of which contains the above messages - as part of its charity-of-the-year contract with Tesco. It hopes to raise £350,000 from the cards, which will be sold in Tesco stores until the end of the year, when its partnership ends.

More than 1,600 people took part in the online survey, which showed that 91 per cent of people preferred to choose a card that benefited a charity over one that did not.

A further 72 per cent of 16-24-year-olds, identified by Whizz-Kidz as the 'text generation', said that sending a text message showed a lack of thought compared with sending a specially chosen card.

Other suggestions for new cards included 'Happy divorce', 'Glad to hear you are leaving' and 'Congratulations on the size of your divorce settlement'.

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