Our supporters

Book Aid International relies on thousands of supporters to continue its work – from individuals generously giving a regular gift or fundraising through their friends and family to organisations in the corporate sector and trusts who sponsor large programmes. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports our work.

Aside from donations of money, we are supported by the publishing industry who donate  the thousands of books we receive every year. Find out more about our book donation programme here.

We cannot thank every donor individually here, but we would particularly like to acknowledge the following individuals and organisations. You can also find out more about how you can support Book Aid International in our Support us section.

Our Patron

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG KT OM


His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was our Patron for 55 years. We were honoured to have his support, including for our 60th Anniversary for which he provided the following quote:
"It is easy enough to spot a problem, the challenge lies in finding an appropriate solution. That there would be a serious shortage of books in schools and colleges in the English-speaking world immediately after the Second World War must have been evident to anyone who thought about such things. However, it was the Countess of Ranfurly who thought of a solution, put it into practice and made a huge success of it. The Ranfurly Library Service was founded in 1954 and became Book Aid International in 1994. Today, over 30 million books have been distributed to schools, colleges, community libraries, refugee camps and prisons across the world, and have touched the lives of an estimated 150 million readers of all ages."

Our President

Nigel Newton, Founder and Chief Executive Bloomsbury Publishing Plc


"Book Aid International is a phenomenal organisation with the admirable ambition of bringing books to all. They shape people’s lives through the books they donate and the skills that those books give people."

Trusts and foundations

Beatrice Laing Trust
CB & HH Taylor 1984 Trust
Chalk Cliff Trust
Corton Hill Trust
Eva Reckitt Trust Fund
Fresh Leaf Charitable Foundation
GMC Trust
Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust
Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust
Intouch Global Foundation
Merriman Charitable Trust
Montier Charitable Trust
Network For Social Change
Peacock Charitable Trust
Schroder Charity Trust
The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust
The Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust
The Beit Trust
The Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust
The Hodge Foundation
The Law Society Charity
The Michael and Anna Wix Charitable Trust
The People’s Postcode Lottery
The Rhododendron Trust
The Tony and Audrey Watson Charitable Trust
Unwin Charitable Trust

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