Shropshire Mums Raise Money to Buy Books for the Children's Ward

Four Shropshire mums - and visitors to an annual county agricultural show - have raised the funds to buy brand new books for poorly youngsters to enjoy.

Kate L’argent, of Longden Coleham, Shrewsbury, Tracey Thomas, of Meole Village, Shrewsbury, Kath Saunders, of Telford Estate, Shrewsbury, and Rhea Alton, of Bayston Hill, launched the fundraising drive at the Shropshire County Show on May 25th to buy books for the children’s ward at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The four women are independent Usborne Book organisers in the town and carried out the Usborne charity square fundraiser after Kate was contacted by the staff at the school on the children’s ward.

“They contacted us to buy some books with budget money but when it came to it the budget was very small so I offered to do something for them,” said Kate.

“As the majority of independent Usborne organisers are mums with young children I immediately knew my team would want to help provide the books for the RSH and the county show was the perfect opportunity.”

The Usborne independent organisers were sponsoring the Kids Zone at the event and ran a charity square fundraiser throughout the day.

Rhea said: “We were able to raise £90 to buy books for the ward which means along with the free books that every host gets more than £100 worth of books have now been ordered for them.

“It is a really good cause to fundraise for - my young son was on the ward after falling ill just a few months ago and I saw how great it was for the young people to enjoy the school facilities, whether they were in hospital long-term or just for a few days.

“We were also able to pick three lucky square winners who paid a £1 for a charity square on the day and won £25 worth of books.”

Ann-Marie Hulme, hospital teacher on the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Rainbow ward, said: “I am delighted that enough money was raised to buy so many books. They will be so useful in providing stimulating educational activities for the children.”

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