The original tweet was from Sophia Alexandra Hall on Dec 15th.
On December 16th (today) it was tweeted by Sophie’s friend David Alfred Grimm.
— David Alfred Grimm #cep (@DavetheCareBear) December 15, 2020
I called David to ask if I could write about it and then share the blog on all platforms.
A mother is on the phone looking at a child. The child is staring at spilt milk. The mother shouts on the phone “Is that the orphanage? Right I want a f*cking refund…”
— lemn sissay MBE (@lemnsissay) December 16, 2020
Which is what I did. Sophie and David were right. Something was deeply wrong with the card . Unbeknownst to Sophie, David or myself Paperchase were busy looking into it after receiving a tidal wave of complaints from the blog, twitter and Facebook. They also received all your complaints when you wrote directly to customer services. Paperchase have apologised unreservedly and openly. They have removed the card from their website and “have instructed all stores to remove it from display”.
Thank you Paperchase. And thank you to every person who tweeted and retweeted and who shared the facebook updates and commented on the blog. There were some really powerful messages which I screenshot and placed at the end of this blog.
Most of all thank you Sophia Alexandra Hall who brought this to all our attention in the first place. This is what it says at the beginning of a Guardian article on Sophie….
“when Sophia Alexandra Hall received the response to her application for the University of Oxford in 2015, she opened it in front of everyone at her school. “I ran into the canteen and burst into tears,” she says. “I was sobbing, and I remember my headteacher saying: ‘Stop crying – you got into Oxford!’ No one at social services believed me.” As a care leaver, the odds of Hall making it to university, let alone Oxford, were very slim”.
Thankyou Sophia. It was important to write this blog to thank Sophia and Paperchase and all the people who wrote to them about The Card because our thanks should be as loud as our protest. I will Cherish this response from Paperchase as the best Christmas Message this year. Merry Christmas everyone.
One more thing: The card is was sold by Paperchase but it is produced by a little independent company called forest friends https://www.forestfr1ends.store/ . I hope they hear about this and remove it from their production line. @forest_fr1ends