£1,265raised of £2,000 target by 37 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,000 to to support homeless readers in our community through a BIG BOOKSHOP SLEEPOVER!

Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop
Time left
27 days to go

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered charity.

The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.


In September Streetreads - the amazing organisation bringing books to homeless readers - moved into the bookshop's basement and turned an old office into a magical book cave. Every day books are packed up and dispatched to soup kitchens, food banks and the like to bring books to homeless readers in Edinburgh who couldn't possibly afford them.

This, and Social Bite's mammoth Sleepout got us thinking about the amazing network of individuals and organisations supporting vulnerable people in our own community. Then Marie Moser of the Edinburgh Bookshop had the idea of a bookseller sleep out to raise awareness and the idea evolved so that now, In celebration of the work of homeless support groups we're having a sleep in - in the bookshop!

We won't have John Cleese for story time, but we will have stories and readings by candlelight, and hot chocolate, and let's face it, what reader hasn't dreamt of sleeping in a bookshop?!

We're aiming to raise £2000 by midnight on December 9th - so each camper is committing to raise at least £50! Every penny raised will go to supporting the day to day work of homelessness projects in the bookshop's local area - half to Streetreads, half to Souper Saturday.

The details of the sleepovers are on the bookshop's website: http://lighthousebookshop.com/event/the-big-bookshop-sleepover-fundraiser-for-the-homeless/

This page will be our hub for ALL donations connected with the night - so whether you're a sleeper, supporting a sleeper, or just want to get involved, donate here! THANK YOU!

if you are sponsoring a sleeper do put their name in the comments box when you donate!

Streetreads Story:

Rached founded streetreads after she got to know a homeless person who was a keen reader. Although food and shelter are of course essential to people’s wellbeing, the gift of a book can be just as precious. Homelessness is a complex issue, but we know that the hundreds of books Streetreads have given away are absolutely treasured.

They care passionately about each and every one of their readers.

We share Streetreads dream that every homeless person in Scotland will have books of their own. We have lots of ideas about how to achieve this, and also want to contribute to improving the literacy of homeless folk.

Souper Saturday's Story:

Set up by Mark Diver, Souper Saturday's soup kitchen is a weekly occurance, operating out of St John's. As Mark puts it "The food is a minor part  of what we do. The social interaction is what's unique about us: our guests are treated as people rather than "homeless people"; we drink tea from proper mugs and not polystyrene; we chat as equals."

Share this story



Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop

Updates appear here

    20 days ago

    Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop started crowdfunding

    Leave a message of support



    • Harriet Bare

      Harriet Bare

      Dec 12, 2017

      Well done Tamsin!


    • Peter & Mandy Western

      Peter & Mandy Western

      Dec 10, 2017

      Donating in support of Tom Western


    • Allie Haddlesey

      Allie Haddlesey

      Dec 9, 2017

      This is such a pure thing 💜✨

    • Lorraine McCann

      Lorraine McCann

      Dec 9, 2017

      So sorry I can’t make tonight! I’m not quite over a bad cold & can’t risk it. More than happy to make up the sponsorship amount & send love & best wishes to Rachel & Lighthouse & all sleepoverers ❤️


    • Kevin Connell

      Kevin Connell

      Dec 9, 2017

      Great cause, really proud of you Linz, enjoy the bedtime stories x


    • Sim Bajwa

      Sim Bajwa

      Dec 9, 2017

      Sponsering Christina Neuwirth!


    • Alison McCallum

      Alison McCallum

      Dec 7, 2017


    About the fundraiser
    Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop

    Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop

    [object Object]

    Lighthouse - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop

    Report this Page

    * JustGiving crowdfunders pay a small fee for our service. Find out how much it is and what we do for it.