Thousands of pounds worth of new books has been donated to the children’s ward at The James Cook University Hospital thanks to the hard work of an independent book seller and the generosity of local businesses.
Sarah Gatenby, an independent Usborne Books at Home organiser who runs Wise Owl Reading Tree, collected donations from businesses and housing companies to create a new reading library in the children’s ward.
Following a discussion with Nicola Howe, the children’s ward manager, Sarah invited local businesses to donate funds to purchase new Usborne Books for the ward.
In total, £1,050 was raised and Usborne Books added additional funds to provide the ward with £1,600 of new books.
Sarah said: “One of the best things about the work that I do is getting as many books as possible into the hands of children and young people. Provision of a new children’s reading library at the hospital was a great opportunity to do that.
“I spoke with the staff on the ward about which Usborne titles would best serve the children and young people admitted to the ward. Together we identified books that would meet infection control criteria, such as activity books to entertain and distract, sticker books to reward, and educational books for continuity of study.”
Donations were made by housing development companies Story Homes, Avant Homes and Bellway Homes Limited, and local businesses Green Sky Fitness and children’s party company, Never Ending Story.