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Newham Bookshop ‘humbled’ to have raised almost £4,000 for Grenfell Tower victims

PUBLISHED: 17:56 30 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:05 30 June 2017

Newham Bookshop owner Vivian Archer has raised almost £4,000 for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The money will go via the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation

Newham Bookshop owner Vivian Archer has raised almost £4,000 for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. The money will go via the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation

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A book auction launched to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has almost reached the £4,000 mark, far surpassing the initial £1,000 target.

Newham Bookshop owner Vivian Archer is raising money for the Grenfell Tower fire victims, through selling signed books donated by publishers and authorsNewham Bookshop owner Vivian Archer is raising money for the Grenfell Tower fire victims, through selling signed books donated by publishers and authors

Newham Bookshop owner Vivian Archer had planned to run the fundraiser for just 24 hours, but the overwhelming response from publishers, authors and the public has seen it extended indefinitely.

Readers are encouraged to head down to the Barking Road store, where they can make a donation for a signed book.

“It’s been unbelievable,” said Vivian. “I was only going to do it for a day and thought if I raised a thousand pounds it would be amazing.”

On June 15 – the day after the fire broke out – Vivian issued an appeal on Twitter for signed books, to be sold at a raffle that evening in aid of families, via the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation.

More than 400 users retweeted her message, and the donations began flooding in.

Items already sold include limited edition copies of Stephen Hawking’s My Brief History and children’s book Watership Down, by the late Richard Adams.

But there are many more titles up for grabs, with readers able to choose from the selection for a minimum donation of £10.

Asking prices are higher for some special items. A signed, leather-bound edition of Sir Alex Ferguson’s My Autobiography, or a limited edition of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, in a leather case, could be yours for £250.

The shop also has a signed copy of West Ham legend Clyde Best’s autobiography The Acid Test.

Explaining why she organised the auction, Vivian said: “I saw it [the fire] on the news and thought, what can I do?

“I just feel very humbled by the response, from not only people, but also from publishers and authors.”

Long-time Newham Bookshop customer Mohammed Shuab, of Newbury Park, added: “Vivian is such a wonderful person who has brought the joys of reading to generations of Londoners.

“I would like to ask the people of Newham to come together at this time and donate whatever they can to this fundraiser.”

For more information, pop into the shop or call 020 8552 9993.


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