We need to raise at least £1000 urgently. It’s been a difficult few months, as you’ll have gathered, not helped by me not being too well, and we have debts to clear. I’ve set up a fundraising page – options for both locals and non-locals – do have a look, and even if you can’t help, spreading the word would be wonderful. If you can give just £3, that would help so much – or check the other options for spending a bit more – books, book vouchers, monthly schemes.
And here’s our lovely video made by Lewis Smith of one of our Tree House Sessions to give a flavour of why we’re worth supporting! So many friendships made here, so much to offer the town in terms of books, the arts generally and a place to come together.
Today we’ve launched a very ambitious campaign – trying to raise £5000 for the bookshop in just six weeks… So many have given generously in the past, and I don’t want to ask the same people to keep giving, but we now have a lot of followers on Twitter and Facebook, and if everyone shares, and maybe their friends and followers share, we could have a huge reach and the potential for lots of support! The best way to support us is to keep spreading the word (as well as buying books, of course!), so if anyone out there is prepared to share, retweet, etc, that would be marvellous.
We are hoping for an injection of cash to boost our ongoing efforts to raise our game a little and make our regular income stronger. The crowdfunding is to help enable us to survive, and to provide funds for things such as producing some good publicity material (flyers, bookmarks, postcards and more) and a window graphic to make it clearer who and what we are, renewing our PRS and Film licences so that we can carry on playing music and showing films, improving the lighting (those who have visited know it’s a bit basic and there are several bulbs/lights that need replacing!), sorting out our hot water boiler to help with washing up, so that we can perhaps do more in terms of offering refreshments, and other things besides. If we raise enough, I want to go beyond these necessities and make the bookshop itself – the physical space – a lovelier, more magical place than it already is.
So please do have a look at the campaign, and please click here and share the link as much as you can. The link will stay at the top right of our homepage here, linked through the image of the bookshop, and you can share on various social media sites directly from the crowdfunding page. We get to keep whatever pledges we raise in the next six weeks, but if we can reach our £5000 target, that would be amazing! We have raised £90 in the first hour, so let’s see how far we can get… Thank you in advance! Every single share or retweet helps.
In the meantime, watch our Tree House Sessions video for inspiration!