Rugby's Hunt's Bookshop raises £3k to get books into the hands of our borough's children
The shop is now aiming to get vouchers distributed to 1,500 of our borough's children
Rugby s Hunt's Bookshop has already raised almost £3,000 to get specially-chosen books into the hands of some of our town's - and now the independent store is hoping to raise even more.
Many of our town's hard-working families may not have the spare money to buy new books, and not wanting kids to miss out on the magic of choosing and enjoying their very own books, Christopher of Hunt's decided to launch a fundraiser.
At the start of the year he launched the shop's 'books for children fund' whereby residents could make a donation which would then be turned into vouchers to be given to primary schools in the borough.
Teachers were then able to distribute vouchers to the children who they thought would benefit from them most.
Children given the vouchers can then visit the book shop and choose their own brand-new book to go home with.
Initially, the shop had set a fundraising target of £1,000 - but the generosity of Hunt's customers saw this target surpassed very quickly - with the total now at £2,993.
Owing to this success, the target has now been upped to £7,500 by March 8 - which is when children are set to return to school.
Christopher thanked his customers for their exceptional generosity, adding: "This will mean, we will be able to support 50 per cent of primary school children across Rugby.
"That's around 1,500. Our aim is to provide those children, who need it most, with a book, thanks to donations.
"Due to the current climate, children and families need our support more than ever.
"Times are incredibly tough and being gifted a book could make the world of difference to a young mind.
"Reading is essential in allowing children to increase their vocabulary, literacy skills, and independent learning.
"Reading has also been proven to lower stress, reduce depression, and provide a form of escapism that has become more and more important with the current climate.
"In families with low income, children's books are often not accessible as they could be."
To learn more, or to donate, visit uk.gofundme.com/f/qdtxee-books-for-children or call 01788 551867.