Big book sale raises vital funds for the Lions Club
This recent event was blessed with good weather, generous buyers, and the help of a number of Lions friends and wives.
Equally important, it saw the return of a full-scale Morpeth Lions event with all members contributing in various ways – particularly when staffing the booths for the full three days.
Since the last book sale in 2019, many books have been left out and stored in a Covid-protected manner.
However, additional donations of books and puzzles made it possible to display a wide choice of topics.
This was confirmed by a total of over £ 4,000 raised.
Morpeth Lions President Les Sage said, “The support the Morpeth Lions Club receives from all parts of the community never ceases to amaze me.
“In addition to the community coming to buy books, we have received sponsorship from Allingtons car dealers, SA Performing Arts Center and the Waterstones Bookstore.
“This last contribution came in the form of autographed books by various local authors which allowed us to have a grand raffle prize.
“He was inflated by a set of books donated by Paul Richardson.
“The raffle alone raised almost £ 500 and was won by ticket 226 (Ken Sait).
“During the period affected by the Covid, the club has not been inactive and when it comes to the sale of books, new contributions were sorted by teams of socially distanced members so that the stalls could be properly categorized.
“We still have a large number of books that we will keep until the next event. We also plan to donate books to our friends who run the Lions Bookstore in Alnwick.
“The money raised is especially important due to the lack of opportunities to inflate funds during the pandemic.
“As Christmas approaches, the club has expenses to cover for ‘Meet the Lions’ and to provide gifts to children and underprivileged residents of the area.
“Once again, the generous public came to our aid for which the Lions Club of Morpeth is extremely grateful. “