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Children’s Charity Event in full swing

Jigsaws and children’s books much in demand 


NSPCC volunteers are preparing themselves for another successful year at a Colchester book fair which takes place at the end of October. Dating back to 1989, the annual fair in aid of the NSPCC takes place at Holmwood House School in Chitts Hill, Lexden on Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th. Approximately 35,000 books, CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws will be available to purchase over the two days with all proceeds going towards the vital work undertaken by the children’s charity.

Collections are now underway and books, jigsaws, CD’s and DVD’s can be donated at Boydens branches in Colchester, Braintree, Kelvedon, Sudbury, Frinton and Clacton as well as:

· Fiveways Co-op, Peartree Road, Stanway;
· Barnplants Garden Centre, Turkey Cock Lane, Stanway;
· Hearts Delight Nursery, Long Road, Lawford;
· Tom's Farm Shop, Maldon Road, Tiptree;
· Stonefield Farm Shop, Kelvedon Road, Inworth.  

For large-scale collections please contact Anne Crisell on 01206 271616.

Elisabeth Borg, Chair of the NSPCC Book Fair Committee and former consultant at Boydens, a long-time sponsor of the event, said: “We’ve come a long way since our first book fair in 1989 which was a one-day event and raised around £5,000. We now regularly raise in excess of £24,000 for the NSPCC and its vital work and each year we hope to beat that figure. We are grateful to our sponsors Boydens for their valuable support and this year we are especially keen to see donations of jigsaw puzzles and children’s books, in addition to our regular book donations, as we have found these to be much in demand in recent years”

David Boyden, Managing Partner at Boydens, said: “As a long-established Colchester business, we are delighted to continue lending our support for what is an extremely worthy cause and our branches are ready for your donations.”

The book fair is open 9.30am-4pm both days, with fresh items available on the Sunday.

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