​BookTrust launches 2018 Christmas appeal

​BookTrust launches 2018 Christmas appeal

BookTrust is hoping to raise more than £116,700 to buy books for 11,500 children via its 2018 Christmas appeal.

The charity is asking members of the public to donate £10 so it can send a pack of six hardback books to children aged 3-13 who are in care or vulnerable settings. Each parcel will contain one hardback book, a joke book commissioned to celebrate 15 years of the Letterbox Club, a letter from award winning author Jaqueline Wilson (patron of the Letterbox Club) and a postcard designed by author and illustrator Nick Sharratt.

C.e.o. Diana Gerald said: “The holidays can be a tough time of year, especially for vulnerable children. We’re appealing to the public to make a £10 donation to help us send one child an extra special festive book parcel, so they have something to unwrap and treasure this Christmas.”

BookTrust is hoping to send books to 1,800 more children than it helped last year, when it launched its first Christmas appeal. To hit the target donations must exceed £116,700 but any additional funds raised will be put towards helping children throughout the year. The 2017 appeal raised more than £120,000 from 5,623 people.

For more information or to donate to BookTrust’s Christmas appeal visit the BookTrust website.