Bob sets out his stall to raise money

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A MAC­CLES­FIELD man has cer­tainly man­aged to get him­self into the good books of East Cheshire Hospice.

By man­ning his own stall at the town’s monthly Trea­cle Mar­ket, Bob Jen­ner has raised al­most £2,300 in the last year for the hospice – all from do­na­tions given by the vis­it­ing pub­lic.

Bob, who says he has hun­dreds of books in his own home, de­scribes him­self as an ‘am­a­teur book col­lec­tor’ with a pas­sion for read­ing dat­ing back more than 60 years.

“I’ve been a lover of and col­lec­tor of books since I could read, from the age of two,” said Bob.

“Some of the older books are works of art in them­selves. I love to think about their his­tory – who bought them, who read them. It fas­ci­nates me.”

Bob first started his book stall in De­cem­ber 2011 tak­ing away just £37.52 in do­na­tions on that day.

Now the stall is bring­ing in around £250 for the hospice ev­ery last Sun­day of the month when the mar­ket takes place and he’s raised a to­tal of around £10,000 for the hospice over the years.

“We don’t put prices on books, we sim­ply ask for do­na­tions,” he said. “There was one young lad who wanted to buy a col­lec­tion for his mother for Christ­mas. He went off and checked prices on eBay and came back to give us £50. He could have given a lot less.

“We find peo­ple are usu­ally very gen­er­ous.”

Bob, and his stall helper Chris­tine Hen­shaw, usu­ally ar­rive around 9am to set up the stall, which is based out­side PR Jones Jewellers in Ch­ester­gate.

The shop sup­ports the ven­ture by stor­ing all the books and ta­bles be­tween the monthly mar­kets.

Bob, whose brother spent his last weeks in a hospice sev­eral years ago, says he is hon­oured to be able to help his lo­cal hospice.

He said: “They do an amaz­ing job – not only giv­ing dig­nity and mean­ing to peo­ple’s last weeks, but also giv­ing in­cred­i­ble sup­port to fam­i­lies too.”

Bob wel­comes any do­na­tions of books, ask­ing peo­ple just to bring their old books along to his stall.

“As a col­lec­tor, its great fun to buy and sell books but I’ve long since given up any hope of find­ing a hid­den trea­sure.

“I’m sorry to say most books aren’t worth very much.”

●● Trea­cle Mar­ket book seller Bob Jen­ner with mar­ket or­gan­iser, Jane Mun­roe (left), and stall helper, Chris­tine Hen­shaw

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