Book ‘store’ helps raise charity cash

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Book-lovers visiting Blyth can stock up on their favourite novels thanks to a new charity campaign.

The Wilko store in Bowes Street is hosting a stall in its store in aid of its regional charity of the year, the Great North Air Ambulance.

The charity book sale, which is currently ongoing, has been proving to be so popular that team members are having trouble keeping the shelves stocked with literary gems.

Customers are now being urged to donate their unwanted books to the store, which will be sold at 50p each to raise funds for the charity.

And they are also welcome to visit and simply thumb through the shelves.

Rob Donnachie, Wilko store manager, said: “It seems we have a lot of avid readers in Blyth – books have been flying off the shelves.

“This is great news for the Great North Air Ambulance, so we’re urging people to come down and hand over some of their well-thumbed classics so we can raise even more.

“Of course, those who are just looking for their next novel are welcome too.”

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at the Great North Air Ambulance, said: “We rely on donations to keep our air ambulances in the sky, so we’re really grateful for the support of Wilko in Blyth.

“It’s great to see the customers’ passion for literature funding our charity.”

So far this year the store in Blyth has raised more than £6,000 for Great North Air Ambulance charity.

For more information on the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), visit, or follow @GNairambulance on Twitter.