Appeal for books to help cash-strapped schools

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 September 2018

Teacher Emma Caffrey with pupils and the 100 books.

Teacher Emma Caffrey with pupils and the 100 books.


The Mercury is desperately appealing for more book donations to give out to schools across North Somerset.

We launched our Books For Schools campaign in October last year to help schools struggling to provide new equipment and resources for pupils in light of funding cuts.

More: Support our Books For Schools campaign.

Donations have flooded in from generous readers, authors and community groups and we have donated 700 books to schools so far.

Vicky Angear, who launched the campaign, said: “We have been overwhelmed at the support we’ve received for the Books For Schools campaign.

“Reading is a vital life skill and we are delighted to be able to help schools offer more reading materials to pupils to enable them to develop a life-long love of reading.

“Evidence shows pupils who read regularly do better at school and have access to more career opportunities and it also helps children to develop empathy, social skills and broaden their imaginations.

“Please keep sending in your donations so we can help more pupils in North Somerset.”

We are appealing for donations of gift vouchers and books so we can continue the appeal.

Schools keen to win a selection of books can email with details about reading initiatives run in their school.

More: Village primary school wins new books for library.

Children’s book publisher Usborne is supporting the campaign by giving schools the chance to win free books when they hold a sponsored read.

For every £100 raised, Usborne will donate an extra 10 per cent in free books, for £250 or more the publisher will donate an extra 30 per cent, and if a school raises more than £600 Usborne has agreed to hand over 60 per cent – £360 worth of books.

Usborne bookseller Sam Goodger can organise the event for schools.

More: Pupils win hundreds of pounds worth of books in sponsored read.

Businesses can also support the campaign by making a donation through Usborne’s community book pledges.

Businesses can donate as little or as much as they can to the appeal and Usborne has agreed to donate £600 worth of free books for every £1,000 raised.

To find out about holding a sponsored read or the community book pledges, email Vicky Angear. Donations can be dropped off at the Mercury office in Waterloo Street.

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