Book Aid Warrington Closes

Book Aid is sad to announce our Warrington bookshop has closed after 10 years in the town.

Warrington Shop

We would like to thank all those who have donated and purchased books here over the years, which has helped to raise funds to support our overseas programme. Many shipping containers of Christian books and Bibles have been sent to Christian bookshops in Africa as a result.

The funds raised through the generosity of the owners Doug and Joy Wood, who so freely and willingly made the shop available to Book Aid, have made a difference across the world, as well as enabling people in the Warrington area to buy good quality secondhand books on their doorstep. Doug and Joy’s skill and knowledge of Christian literature meant that the stock was well suited to the needs of customers. It really has been a joy to work alongside them.

Doug and Joy
Doug and Joy Wood
Pastor Stephen
Pastor Stephen

When they reluctantly stood down a couple of years ago Book Aid was thankful to firstly Pastor Stephen and then Ruth and Diane all of whom willingly gave their time and energy to keep the shop open on reduced opening hours for as long as possible.

Book Aid also wants to thank so many others who have given their time generously by volunteering in the shop over the years and we are sure that many people will be very disappointed now that the shop has closed.

Ruth and Diane
Ruth and Diane

Disappointed customers may not realise that Book Aid now sells books online (see the tab on our website as well as from our 4 other shops – Lower Sydenham in London, Ranskill in North Nottinghamshire, Barnard Castle in Co Durham and Templepatrick in Northern Ireland.

If you have books to donate please do not leave them outside the shop but contact either:

Book Aid Announces Death of Ada Hiley

Ada HileyIt is with enormous sadness that Book Aid has to announce the death of Ada Hiley on Saturday 2nd September.

Many will know that Ada was the co-founder of Book Aid, along with her husband Bob and she worked tirelessly and wholeheartedly for the Lord setting up and running the Book Aid bookshop here in London and overseeing the other BookAid bookshops around the country

Ada was 86 years old and was at work on 31 July the day before she had surgery for a longstanding serious health issue.  That surgery was not successful and after a number of serious complications she did not recover.  She finally went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Saturday morning.  Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.

Bob Hiley Retires as Director of Book Aid

Bob HileyAfter twenty-seven years of founding and leading the Book Aid ministry Bob Hiley is standing down from leadership. Well known for his vision, energy and pioneering spirit he will be greatly missed. His legacy of over 300 containers of Christian literature sent by Book Aid to places of need across the world is evidence of God’s hand on this work. It will be difficult for Bob to give up work entirely so you may still see him helping where he can in the days ahead.

Interim Director Appointed

The Trustees have appointed Mrs Christine Pulsford as Interim Director as from 17th March 2015. She will lead Book Aid through a period of transition as work continues apace, handling the tide of Christian books that arrives daily. Your prayers are valued at this important time.

Thank you to all who have helped or are still helping in this exciting programme. By the grace of God we will carry on. More information will follow via the Book Aid website.

The Trustees of Book Aid Charitable Trust, 18th March 2015

Book Aid Winter 2014-15 News Update

Pallets ready for loading into the container for Nigeria

Pallets of books ready for loading into the container for Nigeria

Book Aid continues to reach areas of literature need across the world. In 2014 seven container loads (nearly 3/4 of a million books) were shipped to Africa and India. You might think that would leave us short of books. Not so! That is the one thing we are not short and we have calls daily for books to be collected as many people are pruning their book collections, or clearing relatives’ homes, etc. Our network of volunteer collectors all around the UK continues to do a great job – keeping the books moving into our warehouses. A big “thank you” – what would we do without you! And thank you to those who donate such wonderful books too!

Christine Pulsford with Bob & Ada Hiley

Christine Pulsford with Bob & Ada Hiley

Many of you kindly ask us about the future. As you know Bob and Ada founded Book Aid 27 years ago but they are not getting any younger and although they do not want to stop doing this wonderful work. We are pleased to welcome Christine Pulsford to work alongside the team for 12 months as Director of Operations to help us discern the way ahead. Christine is Bob and Ada’s eldest daughter. She is a solicitor and has seen God provide for her to have a career break to offer her services to Book Aid. If you visit the London premises do call and see her and introduce yourself. Christine commutes weekly from her Wiltshire home so is generally around in the middle of each week.

Another change on the way for Book Aid is that we are planning to change the Trustee Board freeing up the existing trustees for the day-to-day management of Book Aid. We are thrilled that Andrew Quinney and Rob Bradshaw have agreed to take over as Trustees from the start of next year. Both Andrew and Rob have long associations with Book Aid – they know our history and passion for supplying books to areas of literature need.

Philomena of Book Aid Kenya was in the UK for a period this summer and joined in the sorting and packing of a container which she took delivery of just before Christmas. This will be her third container as she establishes the work there. We urge you to pray for the work in Kenya especially for safety and protection for Philomena and the team as they sell Christian books in a dangerous climate.

In the last 18 months Book Aid has not been exempt from the worldwide economic pressures and this has had a serious effect on the cost of supplying books abroad. One way of addressing this is to sell more of the donated books here in the UK through our existing shops to increase available funds.

Shop at Ranskill

Shop at Ranskill

Book Aid Ranskill is currently opening up part of the warehouse to provide more shop space to do just that. You will be able to see the project in progress and enjoy an increase in stock to choose from! Stewart, the manager, and Russell will be glad to welcome you.

In addition to the Ranskill warehouse and shop we continue to sell and receive books through the Book Aid shops in London, Northern Ireland, Warrington and Barnard Castle and say a big thank you to the volunteers who continue faithfully to offer their premises and service to the work.

Volunteers are vital to what we do and it is great to welcome new ones. Nigel was on his first day volunteering as a book sorter in London when we took this photo and Arthur has been volunteering faithfully for some time in the warehouse.

Another way for us to keep down costs is to use the internet more and save on postage and paper. If you have an email address please would you let Sylvia, our administrator, know by emailing her. We also have a Facebook page and a Twitter feed and as we improve our use of these we hope you will find them helpful sources of news.

Nigel, Ada, Ama, Bob, Malcolm & Mike

Nigel, Ada, Ama, Bob, Malcolm & Mike

Finally, a thank you to all our supporters — whether you have supported us faithfully for many years or have just begun. Whether your support is your prayer, your time, your energy, your finances or buying books we are grateful to God for what continues to be done through Book Aid.

May God bless you, The Book Aid team