Seven Books for Seven Schools...
Last month, Jackie Morris kindly donated her artist proof of A Charm of Goldfinches to raise funds to place books within school libraries. Published by Aquarelle, the limited edition of 45 gold foiled prints quickly sold out, so this was a unique opportunity, and the customer that bought it was delighted....
'I just wanted to let you know that I received the print today, thank you for packaging it so well. It is great to see the print in real life – my husband and I love it. The print feels even more special as it has helped to donate so many books to schools. If you get a chance, please pass our thanks to the artist.' BL
The print sold for £800, and our initial aim was to post parcels to seven schools, with each 'charm of books' worth £130. The schools who received parcels were those who were the first to reply to the callout in our newsletter and via our social media feeds. We actually sent out nine parcels - one school's response prompted us to sponsor an extra 'charm' especially for them.
If ever a school needed beauty, and nature and all its pace brings to reset time it’s ours. Our children have been caught up for a whole two years in a storm of lockdown and the uncertainty it has brought to their lives. They come back to school blinking into the light, unsure of all things. To sit with a book that quietly relates the reassurance of nature and find comfort in that which is a certainty is just what they need, and indeed aside of our love, all we can offer them unconditionally in this world. So yes and yes, please consider us for a charm of books, we would treasure them.' DD
The schools to receive books were
Rockwell Green Primary School, Wellington, Somerset
Pilton Infants & Junior School, Barnstaple, Devon
Halberton Primary School, Halberton, Devon
Ysgol y Rofft / The Rofft School, Marford, Wrexham
Bampton C of E Primary School, Bampton, Devon
BHA Potting Sheds, Bredon Hill Academy, Evesham, Worcestershire
Greenfylde School, Ilminster, Somerset
Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tonbridge, Kent
Abernethy Primary, Abernethy, Perth
A tenth 'charm' was bought as a gift, and yet to be gifted so we must not spoil the surprise!
Parcels arrived with schools during book week, which was perfect timing, and are already inspiring class projects and being avidly read.
'Thank you so much for the beautiful charm of books. Just their arrival touched and lifted our heats; they are already being treasured and enjoyed. X' CL
It has been a delight to gift books to school libraries, my primary school, like many small village schools had no library but it did fit in as many bookshelves as possible and they meant the world to me!
Thank you to Jackie for gifting her Charm of Finches to raise funds to make these gifts possible.