Generous readers fuel books bonanza

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A BOOK shop has received a bumper number of donations since an emergency newspaper appeal.

Hemel Hempstead Lions Club put out a plea for more books after reading fans almost cleared the shelves at its shop in Marlowes Shopping Centre.

The good cause opened its base five months ago and since then has sold a staggering 25,000 books.

Last week our big sister paper, The Gazette, appealed for readers to donate books to help replenish the shop’s shelves.

Club branch president Carol Smith said: “Books are coming in by the trolley load.

“Everyone has been so kind it is unbelievable. It has been really brilliant.

“As fast as the books are coming in they are going out again but we are definitely stocking up and the shelves are looking a lot more healthy.”

She estimates that around 4,000 books have been donated so far.

Money raised through sales is used to help local people in need.

Carol appealed for people to keep donating books.

She said: “The more books we get, the more people that are coming in.

“They are flying off the shelves almost as soon as they come in.”

The shop, which also sells DVDs and jigsaw puzzles, is open seven days a week from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

Donations can be dropped off or collection can be arranged.

Shops are also being asked to display donation drop-off boxes in their stores. Call 01442 263122 if you’d like to get involved.