Novel idea brings in £100,000 for charity

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A SHEFFIELD charity is looking forward to the next chapter after raising £100,000 in just five years from the sale of books.

Children’s stories, novels and biographies have been flying off the shelves at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where Neurocare staff and volunteers sell books to staff, patients and visitors in aid of the neurosciences department.

The idea began when Neurocare trustee Rex Caplan asked friend Ian White, of book traders Bestsellers Direct, if he could donate some returned and remaindered books so they could be sold from trolleys in the hospital foyer. Now sales managers Janet Willis and a team of volunteers are in business four days a week.

Janet, who has been involved with the charity since it began in 1986, said: “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.”

She said reaching £100,000 was “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.”

Over the past four years, Neurocare has raised more than £1m for equipment to help patients with neurological conditions such as brain tumours, strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neurone Disease and epilepsy.