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Posted: 02/05/13

Marathon book-swap raises charity cash

Students at West Nottinghamshire College have boosted funds for charity while promoting the joys of reading.

More than 25 learners on foundation studies programmes staged a ‘Great Book Giveaway’, which saw staff and students trade their old books for new ones in return for a small donation.

More than 400 books were re-distributed on the day (Wednesday 24 April), raising £100 for Nottingham-based Rutland House School for Parents, which supports children with mobility and communication difficulties.

Some students dressed as characters from popular books and films including CBeebies character Baby Jake, the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood, Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby and Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean fantasy adventure films.

The activity, staged as part of a reading project, coincided with World Book Night – a national celebration of reading which sees tens of thousands of volunteers gift specially-chosen books in their communities.

Foundation studies tutor David Howden said: “It was fantastic to see more than 400 books shared amongst students and staff, which was in keeping with our ethos of promoting reading and providing greater access to books for everyone.

“The way in which our students embraced the project and the enthusiasm shown by visitors to their book stall made this a very special day.

“Not only has it developed their enjoyment of reading, selling books to customers has also increased their confidence and communication skills.”