Bookcase 71

Boston bookcase

We’ve had some lovely feedback from the playworker in Boston – they are finding the bookcase really useful especially over the holidays.


Bookcase 70


This one ended up in Skelmersdale as part of People’s Postcode Lottery money.  They had the Family Change set of books too.  Ted looks very pleased with his book selection!

My favourite book….

We have had some great feedback.  I’ll let them tell you…….

Since using the bookshelf scheme within our refuge the children and young people have had the opportunity to choose from a wide range of books suitable for all ages 0-17 years. In particular the children aged between 5-10 years old have loved the book shelf, on many occasions children will bring their mum into the lounge to choose a story book and take it to their rooms and share the experience together at bedtime. The children return the books to the book shelf to ensure all children have the opportunity to look at the wide variety. Once leaving the refuge the children choose their favourite book and take this with them as a keepsake for their new home. The children become very excited when children’s workers explain this to them on arrival and look forward to taking a book when moving on from refuge.

Jenny – Aged 6: recently moved out of refuge and loved horses, throughout her time here she consistently read the same book about horses and would check daily to ensure the book was still on the shelf. On their departure Jenny said this “is my favourite book ever and left very pleased”.

Kifubon Project reading model!

We recently had a urgent request for feedback from the Kifubon project – including photos! – for an event they were running.  The Kifubon project have donated quite a lot of copies of both Splitting the Arrow and The Pot with the Hole which are both beautiful books. As we obviously can’t get a real refuge child to pose one of my neighbour’s daughters did the honours. Lily is reading The Pot with the Hole.  She did a good job didn’t she? 🙂

Made a Difference Chamber of Commerce Award

I had a lovely surprise a couple a weeks ago when I found out I had been put forward for the Chamber of Commerce Made a Difference award.  Sadly I couldn’t go to the awards dinner but was truely delighted to find out after the weekend that I had won.  I had originally thought that the award was for Book at Bedtime but on receiving the award last week I was told that it was a personal award for me – cue huge blush!!

And a year on…..

“The children are still really enjoying the books. They swap and change them all the time”.

A lovely quote from one of the refuge child workers.  It’s always so nice to hear that our work is still being so appreciated 🙂

Megan went vegetarian for a month for Book at Bedtime

Megan Breakwell, a committed carnivore, decided to go vegetarian for a month to raise funds for us and we are delighted to announce that she raised £60.00!  Well done Megan.

She also advised that she enjoyed it and is going to continue being vegetarian in the week and eat meat at weekends which is great news for the planet!

Megan’s donation will go towards buying the next Family Change set.