A Sheffield charity is looking forward to the next chapter in
its fundraising history after raising £100,000 in just five years
from the sale of books.
Children's tales, real life stories, novels and biographies have
been flying off the shelves at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital,
where Neurocare staff and volunteers have been selling books to
staff, patients and visitors since February 2007 to raise money for
the Neurosciences Department.
The novel idea began when Neurocare trustee Rex Caplan asked
friend Ian White, of book traders' Bestsellers Direct, if he could
donate some of the returned and remaindered books the company deals
in to the charity to sell from gift trolleys in the hospital
Sales managers Janet Willis and a team of fantastic volunteers
spend four days a week selling everything from pop-up books to
hardbacks for Neurocare.
Janet, who has been involved with the charity since it began in
"We initially started out with a one-off donation of books to
sell but it proved such a popular venture that we are still
enjoying a roaring trade. We sell everything from novels, factual
books, cookery guides, audio books and children's fairy tales all
"On our first day we sold £160 worth of books so to reach
£100,000 is such a fantastic achievement. It's a great example of
how a simple fundraising idea can make a big impact and can help
promote charities like Neurocare."
Carol Binney, Retail Manager added: "Reaching £100,000 is
a fantastic achievement for Neurocare and has had a major impact on
the equipment and expertise the Neurosciences Department is able to
"It's been a team effort and I hope staff, visitors and patients
will continue to pick up a good read at the hospital to support
Ian White, of Best Sellers Direct, said he is delighted to help
Neurocare by providing book supplies.
He added: "Neurocare is a fantastic charity and I really admire
the fundraising the charity does to provide state of the art
equipment for the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. I'm delighted the
book sales have proved popular and lucrative for Neurocare and hope
this success continues."