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Newham Bookshop raised £7k for Grenfell Tower charity selling signed books and DVDs

PUBLISHED: 06:00 29 December 2017

Vivian Archer, owner of the Newham Bookshop. Picture: Isabel Infantes

Vivian Archer, owner of the Newham Bookshop. Picture: Isabel Infantes

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A Newham bookshop has raised almost £7,000 for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire by selling signed copies of books and DVDs by famous authors and directors.

Newham Bookshop, in Upton Park, asked publishers and authors to donate signed copies of their work to be sold for the benefit of the Grenfell Tower victims.

Signed copies of books and DVDs by big names including musician Bruce Springsteen, football manager Sir Alex Ferguson, writer Neil Gaiman, astronaut Tim Peake and film director Danny Boyle were donated to the bookshop in Barking Road.

Vivian Archer, manager of the bookshop, said the employees at the bookshop decided to do something to help the victims as soon as they heard about the tragedy six months ago in June.

Publishers were very receptive to the bookshop’s idea of building up a collection of signed books to be sold, she added, and the bookshop quickly built up an impressive collection of signed works.

Ms Archer said the sheer tragedy of the fire meant people were keen to help raise money for the victims.

“It just effected everybody and still effects everybody,” she said.

“It was a huge tragedy and there was a real empathy for what had happened,” she added.

The need for donations is ongoing, she said, because so many of the tower’s surviving residents are yet to find permanent accommodation.

Around 100 families are thought to have spent Christmas in a hotel after not being rehoused more than six months after the disaster.

The bookshop this week handed a £270 donation to The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, a charity that has already distributed over £5 million in donations to Grenfell Tower survivors and victims’ families.

The charity also seeks to raise awareness about the issues facing those effected by the fire, as well as “raise awareness of the contrasts and needs that exist locally.”

The signed books and DVDs are not sold at a set price - customers can bid for copies.

A leather bound copy of Sir Alex’s autobiography sold for £400.

Some of the signed books are still being sold on behalf of the victims in the bookshop. Head to 745 Barking Road to pick up a copy.

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