Let's get Bristol reading this March
By sophia1980 | Tuesday, March 04, 2014, 11:54
A Bristol charity is encouraging people to get reading this March in support of the city's only adult hospice.
St Peter's Hospice nurses get involved
St Peter's Hospice is asking Bristolians to buy and donate books at their shops across the city to help the charity care for more patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
For the whole month of March books at the 47 St Peter's Hospice shops in Bristol will be 50p for paperbacks and £1 for hardbacks.
The scheme is kicked off at the beginning of March to mark World Book Day on Thursday 6 March.
Janet Loud, head of shops at St Peter's Hospice said: "We're really encouraging people to get behind our book month whether that means having a clear out of the book shelves and donating some to us or popping into a shop and picking up a bargain!
"We have so many great titles on offer in our shops from bestselling novels and recipe books to autobiographies and children's books; there's something for everyone and the books are all in excellent condition.
"To be able to choose a book for as little as 50p is a great deal and it means you will be supporting a fantastic Bristol cause at the same time. Funds raised in our shops goes towards supporting patients and families who really need our help."
As Bristol's only adult hospice, St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £18,000 a day. For around £13,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.
The book month scheme has been supported by best-selling author Amanda Prowse who recently visited the hospice to see first-hand the work they do. Amanda took copies of her latest book along and signed them for patients and staff.
Janet continued: "It was great that Amanda visited the hospice, it gave a real boost to patients and allowed her to see the valuable service we provide.
"This scheme is so easy to get involved with. Often people only read a book once and never look at it again so please bring any unwanted titles to us and pick something else up while you're there!"
For more information on St Peter's Hospice visit www.stpetershospice.org