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My first was Airyhall Library in Aberdeen. Apparently I would insist on carrying the books home myself, tucked under my arm, even though most of them banged against my ankles. Then came Saturday mornings at Epping Library, with a stop at the Golden Iris sweet shop on the way home. And Rock Road Library in Cambridge. And Glasgow University Library where the whole city was spread beneath you and the wind nearly blew you right out of your desk on the 8th floor. And Cambridge University Library which smelt equally of scones and desperation. And now Bibliothèque Chaptal and trying to explain to my son that you CANNOT check out the fire extinguisher. When I was little I PLAYED libraries with the date stamp from Dr Dad's desk. 15 years after that my 'career orientation test' came back ... librarian. And so now, when people kept asking about 40 ... insisting I must absolutely have something to "keep", the answer was suddenly very clear. I want a library. Or rather, I want to give other children what I had. Endless, free, reading. Space to dream and space to imagine. Books you never thought you'd like, and did. Books that made your eyes wide and your curls stand on end. Books that took you somewhere else. Books that made time stop and the future race ahead, beckoning.
Constructing a 'forever' library in Africa with 'Room to Read', the charity I already volunteer for, costs £13,000. I'll be honest. I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to raise this sum. But I will do it, in this, my year of 40. And I'm starting here, today. And the second part of this promise? Some time in my 40s I will visit that library. Sit down between the shelves and dive in. With all the other kids. And just get lost again in books.
Here, at so-called 'mid-life', it's the best gift I could give or have. Here goes ....

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Raising money for

Room To Read

Room To Read

Charity Registration No. 1125803

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working with communities, partner organisations and governments, we develop literacy skills, a habit of reading, and support girls to complete school.

Raising money for

Run by Room To Read

Charity Registration No. 1125803

Donations 72

LOVING the poems!

Donation by Jenny Ferguson on 10/02/16

€40.00

Go Cupid, go!! Xxx

Donation by Martin H on 09/02/16

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

A love poem prescription for Matthew Hurt, who loved cheese but will appreciate the non-cheesy.

Donation by Anonymous on 06/02/16

Gifts of poems as a late birthday present and as a wedding anniversary present

Donation by Anonymous on 05/02/16

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

thankyou for adding colour to my January! Rach xxx

Donation by Rach Stocker on 02/02/16

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thanks for the wonderful poems! Great to see the total creeping up toward the target. Go go go!

Donation by Caroline on 26/01/16

What you are doing is amazing!

Donation by Nadia on 25/01/16

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Poetry prescriptions for Jenny, Monique & Nancy

Donation by Anonymous on 21/01/16

Well done Catherine, you are a star!

Donation by Anonymous on 17/01/16

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Dear Catherine Cheering you on from Aberdeen and wishing this heartening project resounding success. You are an inspiration to us all. Bonne chance!

Donation by Margaret Donald on 06/01/16

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

A special birthday present

Donation by Anonymous on 05/01/16

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 05/01/16

€50.00

Hi Catherine. I'm Ray. I'm a friend of Todd Chavanne. He told me to donate to your cause.

Donation by Ray Sadighi on 05/01/16

$30.00

Thank you for the best Christmas present ever - your lovely poetry prescription! What a wonderful treat!

Donation by Hanna on 05/01/16

Happy Birthday, Cath. Happy to continue to support this wonderful cause. Love - Adam

Donation by Adam F. on 04/01/16

Happy Birthday Catherine. Delighted to see your total gradually rising. Thank you for your wonderful January uplift xx

Donation by Rachel on 05/01/16

What a wonderful idea and I love getting the poems.

Donation by Anonymous on 04/01/16

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Dearest Catherine, What a beautiful project! I wish you so well for it. I've so loved talking about books with you at different times. I'm loving the poems. Happy Birthday for the 5th. Much love, Emma

Donation by Emma Wilson on 03/01/16

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Cath, you have such passion for this cause I cannot help but continue to support! I can't wait to see the library someday!

Donation by Todd Chavanne on 05/01/16

$400.00

This is a brilliant idea!!

Donation by Harriet Hunter on 03/01/16

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Natacha on 02/01/16

€75.00

Dear Catherine, This is just a token towards a great idea which spurred me to action in Oxford. Thanks so much for the encouragement to support literacy and reading in particular. Love Laura Lakin.

Donation by Laura Lakin on 02/01/16

£70.00

+ £17.50 Gift Aid

Such a lovely idea, well done you xx

Donation by Julie marks on 02/01/16

€50.00

A year of fundraising - Bring and buy sale, poems and lots more

Donation by Anonymous on 31/12/15

€1,350.00

Thank you for a wonderful poetry gift for my sister

Donation by Susan greig on 26/12/15

€60.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£6,494.43
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£6,494.43
  • Gift Aid£508.75

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