Reading at Regeza Mwendo Primary School., Zanzibar

Helping to give every child the chance to read

9th August 2017 | Blog

11-year-old Emma recently got in touch to say she was spending the year fundraising for us and enclosed a cheque for a whopping £298.87. Here she shares what she’s been doing to raise so much money for us and why she wanted to support our work.

Some of Emma's favourite books


My name is Emma and I have just completed year 6 at Belmont C of E Primary School. Reading is very important to me as I love books. I believe every child deserves the chance to read. I have lots of favourite books but the first two that come to mind are Matilda by Roald Dahl and Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. I love Matilda as she loves books and always visits the library (which I always do). Letters from the Lighthouse is such a page turner and I love war stories so it is the perfect book for me.

I chose to fundraise for Book Aid International because it supports libraries. I love libraries – they share the love of reading because anyone can access books at them.

Since I was fundraising for Book Aid International, I wanted to do a fundraising activity which included books. So I held a bring and buy book sale at my local library. I regularly go to Belmont Library so on a visit I asked them and they suggested we do the sale at the same time as their monthly coffee morning on a Saturday.


Collecting books for the fundraiser
Collecting books for the book sale


To advertise the book sale, I put posters up in local shops and the library and my dad put something on his Facebook page about it. I also did an assembly in school to raise awareness about Book Aid International and put up posters about the book sale.

We collected books for the sale at Belmont Library and at home. We had around 500 books to sell in total. We had all types of books, both adults and children’s.

On the day, my mum and my friend Sophie helped with the sale. Around 150 people came and we raised £298.87 for Book Aid International!

Since then, I’ve handed out penny pots to my family to fill with loose change and I am donating £1 of my weekly pocket money to Book Aid International for the rest of the year. I am now spending my summer holidays thinking about what my next fundraising event will be . . .


Huge thanks to Emma for her amazing support! The money she has raised so far is enough to send 150 brand new books to a community who may otherwise have little access to books. If you’d like to fundraise for us but are stuck for ideas, why not try a book sale like Emma or click on the links below for more ideas.


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