Co-operative support helps mammoth NSPCC Book Fair
|Author: Julie Pengelly||Published: 17th August 2009 10:41|
The East of England Co-operative Society is once again sponsoring the NSPCC annual Book Fair and is donating £1,000 from its Community Dividend Fund. Members of the Book Fair committee and representatives from the Co-op recently took part in a photocall to promote the event and appeal for unwanted books.
The mammoth Book Fair is now in its 20th year and takes place at Holmwood House School near Lexden. Over 2,000 book lovers from far and wide helped raise £20,000 at the Book Fair last year and plans are well underway for this year's event on the 24th and 25th October. The book fair will run from 9.30am to 4.00pm on each day and all proceeds raised will help the NSPCC provide services to local children.
The committee of volunteers work tirelessly throughout the year collecting, sorting and pricing donated books and is urging residents in the Colchester area to donate their unwanted quality books and jigsaw puzzles. Books can be dropped off at the collections boxes located at the Co-op Supermarkets in Peartree Road or Abbots Road and at Barn Plants Nursery.
NSPCC community fundraising manager Claire Shearer said: "The Co-op has been supporting our Book Fair for many years now and we are extremely grateful for their continued support. I encourage everyone to have a look round at home and donate any unwanted quality second hand books and jigsaw puzzles to the fair. It's a great event and raises much needed funds to help local vulnerable children and young people."
Jackie Bowis, Membership Manager for the East of England Co-operative Society, said: "We are proud to be supporting the NSPCC Book Fair from our Community Dividend Fund again this year. This event appeals to all ages as there is a huge variety of books from students and book collectors to those that are retired, there is something for everybody and it raises a fantastic amount of money to help children in the local area."
The Book Fair in October will have over 30,000 books, games, jigsaws, CDs and DVDs for sale with over 70 categories to browse through so there will be something for everyone. The entrance fee is £1 and refreshments are available.
For further information please email NSPCC community fundraising manager Claire Shearer on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01376 516169.
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Media contact: For further details contact Julie Wills, NSPCC communications officer on 020 7825 2606 or email email@example.com
Caption for photograph from left to right: Merfyn Jones (NSPCC Committee member), Rob Miller (Store manager of the Co-op Supermarket, Peartree Road, Colchester), Faith Stobbs (NSPCC Committee member), Gail Wood (NSPCC Committee member) and Margaret Jones (NSPCC Committee member).
About the NSPCC: The NSPCC is the UK's leading children charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands, including ChildLine, the UK's free, confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people. The NSPCC helps over 10,000 children and their families every year. For more information, visit http://www.nspcc.org.uk/
About the East of England Co-operative Society: The East of England Co-operative Society is the largest independent retailer in East Anglia and has over 200 trading outlets which are located in 73 towns and villages, plus the three regional centres of Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester.
The Society's diverse business activities include: food stores and supermarkets, travel, pharmacy, optical and funeral branches, petrol forecourts and motor dealerships.