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Landlords find quirky way to raise cash for NSPCC
Bookworms at a pub have come up with a quirky way to raise cash for a child abuse charity.
Geoff Taylor and Rob Hutchings, landlords at the Waggon and Horses, in Watling Street, Elstree, opened a library at the back of the pub to raise cash for NSPCC.
They have so far sold hundreds of books, raising over £300 since the library opened its doors.
The pair were inspired to open the mini book shop by pub regular Ann Goddard, a tireless fundraiser for the children’s charity.
Mr Hutchings said: “Ann used to hold a book sale once a year to raise cash for the charity and so for eleven months, her garage was filled with just books gathering dust.
“She offered to donate them all to us to raise money. We have a room in the back of the pub which we thought this would be a great venture.
“Hundreds of people have been dropping off books and people are being so supportive, it really is lovely. There is a fantastic atmosphere in the library too.
“NSPCC is such an important charity so we are really pleased to be able to support them in this way.”
They have set themselves an ambitious goal of making around £2,000 a year, and are calling on the public to help them achieve their target.
The library houses all types of books, from autobiographical to historical, and the landlords said that donations are always welcome.
Mr Taylor said: “I love books and all of the ones we have here are in mint condition. People love coming up to check out what we have. I think it is a nice way to raise money for a worthy cause.”