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NHS Heroes playing cards launched to fundraise for key workers during COVID-19

All proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together.

A set of playing cards has been launched by card maker Cartamundi to raise money for key NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The NHS Heroes deck swaps the usual royal family of traditional playing cards - Kings, Queens and Jacks - for doctors, nurses and surgeons.

The cards also feature rainbow colours, which have become a symbol of solidarity with the key workers continuing to work amidst the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK. The NHS Heroes set has been designed and illustrated by artist JJ Illustrates.

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Each of the decks costs £5 including postage, with Cartamundi UK saying all proceeds will go towards NHS Charities Together, the collective representing official NHS charities.

The NHS Heroes playing card set is currently live on Crowdfunder, where it aims to reach a minimum crowdfunding target of £10,000 before the end of the campaign on May 22nd.

Alongside the launch of the playing cards, Cartamundi has launched a website featuring a selection of card games that can be played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards, with the ability to search by the number of players, age and type of game.

As well as producing standard decks of cards, Cartamundi manufactures cards for trading card games including Magic: The Gathering and board games such as Monopoly.

Some of Dicebreaker’s sibling brands under the ReedPop umbrella recently launched their own fundraising effort to support key workers during the COVID-19 crisis. All profits from the selection of T-shirts available on Teespring - including designs from Outside Xbox, EGX and MCM - will go towards NHS Charities Together.

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