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17 Nov 2014

'Tis the season to donate to Behind the Scenes

-Charity urges companies to send Christmas cards via Card Aid this year-

Behind the Scenes UK, the newly launched charity that aims to provide financial support to entertainment technology professionals when they are ill or injured, is calling on companies and individuals to send their annual Christmas cards via Card Aid this year.

Card Aid has been helping charities increase their funds from the sale of their Christmas cards for over 30 years and John Simpson, Chair of Behind the Scenes UK, believes proceeds from the sale of Christmas Cards via the Card Aid Website will really make a difference to Behind the Scenes which only launched in the UK in October.

"Sending Christmas cards is a long held tradition and Card Aid allows us to keep the spirit of Christmas alive – as cards can be purchased online, either in the form of a pack of cards or as e-cards which can be sent on a pay per click basis. Whilst we are happy to accept donations in lieu of companies sending Christmas cards why not use Card Aid?"

The Card Aid website allows you to customise your cards, either using an image of your own or choosing from a range of fantastic designs. Add your own greeting, message and logo, then nominate a charity to benefit from the sale of the cards.

John continued: "Every penny we receive is vitally important to Behind the Scenes UK. We are not yet in a position to start granting– we need to ensure there are adequate funds available and we desperately want to be able to help the first person who turns to us for assistance – it could happen any day to any one of us."

He concluded: "Behind the Scenes is a registered charity No. 1,159,168. To order your cards on the Card Aid website, please quote this number to ensure that you support this very deserving cause this Christmas. We hope 2015 results in a happy and healthy new year for everyone but we need this fund in place to help anyone who may face an uphill struggle in the months and years ahead."

For further information please contact:

Sarah Thomas
Tel: 07811 392270 : Email:

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.