Help for Kids is a local charity providing support to disadvantaged children in the Dundee and Perth area. Fundraising takes place throughout the year and Christmas is no exception. Each year they hold a toy appeal with donation drop of points throughout the local area.
Fiona, of Fiona’s Little Bookshop donated a whopping £1300 worth of books this year with the support of local businesses. By working with Warddykes Primary School in Arbroath Fiona has been able to make each donation go further with 60% extra in free books to Help for Kids.
My kids LOVE books, the escapism, the knowledge and the adventures. I adore this quote from author Matt Haig-
“Aren’t bookshops strange, sitting there with quiet menace as if they were just a shop and not an entry point of 30,000 different universes?”
My two children are 9 and 4 years old and every night there is a bedtime story (or three!). It’s part of our bedtime routine and has helped create a culture of reading and love of books. Not all children are as fortunate to own books of their own, is this is gift you would like to give?
This is the first year I became aware of Fiona’s book donation and I’m now down to be a donor next year. It’s never to early to get your name down. Life can get in the way and intentions slip, get in touch with Fiona below if you are interesting in contributing to her next book donation for Help for Kids.
Tell us a bit about you-
I'm Fiona and I live in Monifieth with my husband and 2 children. I have been running my own Usborne business for 6 years now.
Tell us about your business-
Independent Usborne Organiser and team leader
What inspired you to start your business?
The opportunity to work from home running my own business to fit in around family life and allow me to work part time after having my children
What products/services do you offer?
Usborne books are suitable from birth to young adult. I am basically a mobile book shop. I travel around schools offering book fairs, I also do personal shopping parties and various events such as the Dundee flower and food festival, plus local school and charity events etc
How did you become involved with the Help for Kids?
I have always been aware that there are so many children that live on our doorstep that go without. I have always supported local toy appeals but when I started with Usborne I realised that I could help by running a book appeal, it's gradually built up over the years and I hope to keep it growing in the future to allow a lot of local children to be able to receive a book for Christmas. I know the ladies that run the help for kids charity and knew that we could work together to do something.
Why is it important to you?
Having children of my own that love books, I can't imagine a childhood without the magic of books and the fact this can be done at Christmas is even more important. These children will see friends receive gifts and they should be able to enjoy the same experience of Christmas. No children should ever have to grow up without gifts at Christmas time.
Here are all the amazing people behind this years £1300 book donation.
Make Do Kangaroo
Lynsey runs fun art and craft pre-school classes in both Broughty Ferry and Monifeith
MMG Archbold Chartered Accountants
MMG Archbold Chartered Accounts have offices in Dundee, Montrose and Forfar. Help for Kids is their nominated charity and as such fundraising and collections have been ongoing throughout the year. You can find a run down of all the amazing support they provide over on Aileen’s blog post, Why we support Help for Kids.
The Hair Lounge
The Hair Lounge are a unisex hairdressing salon based in Murraygate, Dundee.
Family Photo Room
Dominika is a newborn and family photographer based in Dundee.
Goven Optometrists are a family run opticians with offices in Dundee, St Andrews and Anstruther.
South Powrie Farm
Based in Dundee, Thomas and Susannah rear free range KellyBronze turkeys for Christmas. Their website is full of great information including cooking and carving instructions alongside some yummy recipies!
CSC Interiors supply and install feature walls and ceilings, shop fitting and office and home renovations.
Ballooning Marvellous, Dundee
Gillian over at Ballooning Marvellous supplies balloons for all occasions, from a thank you balloon to corporate events.
Lumilo Casting Studio, Dundee
Lumilo Casting Studio specialises in creating beautiful life castings.
This is my last blog post of 2018 and with it I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🎉 Here’s to an amazing 2019!