Turning books into cash!

Diana Campbell, Chairperson Bushmills Marie Curie Fundraising Group receives a cheque for  �5,000 from Anne O'Neill and Catherine Henry from Bushmills Co Op. INBM46-13
Diana Campbell, Chairperson Bushmills Marie Curie Fundraising Group receives a cheque for �5,000 from Anne O'Neill and Catherine Henry from Bushmills Co Op. INBM46-13

A charity book stall in the Bushmills branch of the Co-Op has raised a staggering £16,000 for charity - in just three years!

The stall is stocked with second hand books which have been donated by the public and which are then sold on again for 50p or £1.

What started as a temporary charity fundraiser has now seen three charities benefit - Mencap which received £1,640, Bushmills branch of Marie Curie which received £5,100 and the local branch of Cancer Research which received £9,800.

Anne O’Neill who looks after the stall explained: “I actually got the idea from the Ballycastle Co-Op which has a book stall. The Co-Op is very supportive of local fundraising for the community so we set up a temporary stall in 2010.

“Initially we donated money to Cancer Research but then we extended it to Marie Curie and also made a donation to Mencap as that is the Co-Op’s charity.

“The locals in the area have been so supportive of us, bringing in books and buying books from us.

“As Bushmills has a lot of holiday homes, we also find that a lot of people who are arriving down for their holidays are coming in and buying books from us,

“We have also had folk coming down from Belfast and bringing us a load of books too.

“We price the books very reasonably at 50p or £1 so we are also finding that people buy the book from us, read it and then re-donate it to us.

“We have a great selection of books so you would find it difficult to come away without something!”

Just this week, Anne and Catherine Henry from the Co-Op presented a cheque for £5,000 to Diana Campbell, Chairperson Bushmills Marie Curie Fundraising Group.

So, if you are in need of some reading material, pop down to the Co-Op in Bushmills.