Though posting Xmas cards has declined with the advent of other forms of communication it is estimated that 1 billion cards are still posted in the UK each December. Of those 50% are charity cards, used as a way of raising funds for various charities.
The Ghar Parau Foundation is a UK charity whose aim is to financially support UK cavers exploring cave systems around the world. In its 50-year history, it has sponsored many such trips and the amount donated approaches £300,000.
It has card sets that can be bought at £8 for 10 or £15 for 20, they are splendid photographs taken by some of the best cave photographers around. There is no message inside so are perfect for any occasion. 100% of the monies raised goes into sponsoring UK cavers as GPF is run entirely by volunteers who take no expenses for doing so.
Gaping Ghyl Main Chamber, Yorkshire Dales, England (Dave Ryall)
Whiterock, Mulu (Robbie Shone)
Grand Cenote System, Tulum, Mexico (Gavin Newman)
Moel Fferna Bridge, North Wales (Brendan Marris)
Miao Keng, Tian Xing , China (Robbie Shone)
Titan, Peak District, England (Robbie Shone)
The Bush, Where the Sun Don't Shine, Daren Cilau, South Wales (Mark 'Gonzo' Lumley)
Bakerloo Straight, Dan Yr Ogof, South Wales (Robbie Shone)
Boreham Cave, Yorkshire Dales, England (Clive Westlake)
Di Feng, Sichuan Province, China (Gavin Newman)
Aven des Pebres Gard, France (Mark Shinwell)
Devils Eye Spring, Ginnie Springs, Florida, USA (Gavin Newman)
Cave pearls in Pearlsian Gulf, Lechuguilla Cave, New Mexico, USA (Gavin Newman)
Krem Liat Prah, Meghalaya, India (Hugh Penney)
Waterfall Shadow, OFD, South Wales, UK (Rob Eavis)
Grotte de Pousselières, Haut-Languedoc, France (Chris Howes)
Boxhead Pot, Leck Fell, Yorkshire Dales, UK (Robbie Shone)
Grotte de Gournier Streamway, Vercors, France (Stu Gardiner)
The Tube, Peak Cavern, Peak District, England, UK (Rob Eavis)
Deer Cave, Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak (Robbie Shone)
Please visit the Ghar Parau website and go to the shopping page for more details.
Your support for UK cavers exploring is appreciated.