EPSOM CHARITY BOOK FAIR 2015

We are thrilled to report that this year the book fair raised over £30,000, yet again a new record. In addition, for the first time we had over 2,000 people visiting the fair and we had help to run, what is the biggest charity book fair in England, from over 200 different people.

The fact that we had so much more help than last year, including help with the sorting from those charities we supported, made a huge difference. There was much less pressure on sorting the 60,000 books we received and it enabled those involved to enjoy the preparation and the event itself. Indeed one greatest rewards from being involved is the camaraderie amongst all those who help.

A new aspect of the organisation of the fair is that we were able to promise a donation to several charities that helped us sort the books in proportion to the help which they provided. Thus after costs and contributing about £2,000 to EMC for the use of the Church, the proceeds to the fair were given to:-

Charities who help sort books:

Action for Children

£2,500

Cheam Methodists

£2,000

Hope4Malawi

£2,000

Epsom & Ewell Food Bank

£1,500

PHAB

£1,600

Dyscover

£ 750

TOTAL:

£10,350

In addition to the sale of books we had record takings from the café which provided a very tasty selection of lunches, cakes and snacks. We were also helped by using the Youth Hall for the initial stage of sorting which provided much more space, and we were again amazed that we managed to clear up and return the church to normal within a couple of hours of the end of the fair.

Finally we could not run the fair without the help of so many volunteers who willingly give their time and expertise.

Huge thanks goes to all of them for making this another successful event. Both Jacqui and I look forward to planning for next year’s fair.

Andrew Jennings and Jacqui Raggett

Total Donations:

Charities who help sorting

£10,500

Action for Children

£3,500

Scouts (trip to Tanzania)

£6,000

Guides (New District Camp site Lodge)

£2,500

Epsom Methodist Church Family Worker

£5,000

Total Charity Donations

£27,500

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As usual we had a long queue of buyers for the opening of the first morning with a big rush as soon as the doors opened. People were keen to buy their popular author. However, with so many books available, many of those who came later remarked at the wonderful selection and variety available, often more than even the largest book shop.

Photographs with thanks to Pat and Graham Lavers of Surbiton Methodist Church

Three days before the Fair opened we had so much more help than last year, including help with the sorting from those charities we supported, these made a huge difference. There was much less pressure on sorting the 60,000 books we received and it enabled those involved to enjoy the preparation and the event itself.

Indeed one greatest rewards from being involved is the camaraderie amongst all those who help.

Another series of shots of the teams who amazed how they  managed to clear up and return the church to normal within a couple of hours of the end of the fair.

We could not run the fair without the help of so many volunteers who willingly give their time and expertise before, during and after the Fair.

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