Charity cash on the cards from Dean

CANCER sufferers will have a better Christmas thanks to greetings card boss Dean Hoyle.

The Card Factory, founded by Heckmondwike-born Mr Hoyle, has donated 1m to Macmillan Cancer Support.

As the first high street retailer to launch Christmas, Card Factory is showcasing its new Christmas card packs, specially designed to celebrate the company's partnership with Macmillan, in stores across Yorkshire.

Getting into the festive mood, ITV's Coleen Nolan presented the 1m on behalf of Card Factory at the company's flagship store in the White Rose Shopping Centre, Morley.

The Loose Women presenter said she was delighted to hand over such a substantial sum to Macmillan.

"A million pounds is an amazing donation, and definitely something to celebrate," she said.

"The money has the potential to make a difference to thousands of lives. Macmillan Cancer Support depends on the generosity of companies and individuals to continue the excellent work they do with cancer sufferers and their families."

Mr Hoyle, who was born in Heckmondwike and attended the former White Lee Secondary School, said the donation also marked Card Factory's 10th year in business.

"We really wanted to give something back by donating a large sum of money to a charity we know will spend it wisely," he said.

"There are so many people affected by cancer. We hope this money will go a long way in supporting people affected by this terrible illness."

Mr Hoyle now lives in Mirfield and as well as being chairman of Card Factory, is also the new owner of Huddersfield Town.

Card Factory is the UK's fastest growing specialist greetings card retailer and now has around 400 stores nationwide.

Macmillan Cancer Support has been Card Factory's corporate charity for three years. The company is donating 1m of its own money for the charity as opposed to fundraising or collecting charitable donations from customers.