Char­ity bookshop needs more help

Suc­cess­ful store is des­per­ate for vol­un­teers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CHAR­ITY book store in may have to limit its hours de­spite rais­ing thou­sands of pounds since open­ing in May.

The South Bucks Hos­pice says it is thrilled with the suc­cess of the store in High Wy­combe’s Eden Cen­tre, which has at­tracted cus­tomers in their droves, but it ur­gently needs more helpers to run it seven days a week.

The hos­pice’s com­mu­nity vol­un­teer co- or­di­na­tor Mary-Ann Leader said: “We have a won­der­ful team of vol­un­teers cur­rently at the bookshop and we are de­lighted with the way things have gone to date since open­ing.

“How­ever, we are still lack­ing in sup­port on cer­tain days dur­ing the week which are key re­tail hours. If we do not fill these slots, we will have to con­sider lim­it­ing our hours, thereby re­duc­ing our in­come and the funds we can raise for pa­tients with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.

“We have cho­sen not to run this shop with paid staff. Why? Be­cause we know there must be many book lovers out there in our com­mu­nity who would like to sup­port this en­deav­our, thus en­sur­ing 100 per cent of in­come goes to pa­tients. All our ser­vices at the hos­pice are free of charge and we need vol­un­teer-run stores to op­er­ate on our be­half to sup­port our work. It is a lovely feel­ing to know that although our core busi­ness is health and care, we are also able to pro­mote lit­er­acy in our com­mu­nity.”

The shop is si­t­u­ated in the for­mer Oc­tagon part of the shop­ping cen­tre op­po­site Hol­land and Bar­rett.

Since the May open­ing, thou­sands of books have been sold with chil­dren’s books prov­ing par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

Ms Leader added: “Most books are priced at £1 and they have flown out of the door. Our most pop­u­lar au­thors have been the usual sus­pects, JK Rowl­ing, Enid Bly­ton and Roald Dahl.”

The books come in via do­na­tions from the public, nor­mally at the four hos­pice char­ity shops in Bea­cons­field, Ha­zle­mere, Bourne End and High Wy­combe – and the two re-use stores at the High Heav­ens and As­ton Clin­ton house­hold waste re­cy­cling cen­tres in Bucks.

The South Bucks Hos­pice ur­gently needs more vol­un­teers to help run its new High Wy­combe book store

Ms Leader says do­na­tions should be made via these shops, be­cause the books are then shipped to a ware­house be­fore be­ing taken to the Eden store.

She added: “I would ap­peal for any­one who is avail­able to help as a vol­un­teer at Eden, even if it’s only for a few hours per week, to get in touch with me. It will make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.

“All sup­port is cru­cial for the con­tin­u­a­tion of our ser­vices. I would re­as­sure peo­ple we will con­tinue with the store but if we don’t get suf­fi­cient vol­un­teers, we may have to re­duce open­ing hours and have a less ef­fec­tive ser­vice.”

To find out more about volunteering call Ms Leader on 01494 896 563 or email mary-ann. leader@sb­hos­pice.org.uk.

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