The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) thanked donors for their support at its annual party last night (25th November) after they raised £184,000 in 2015.
David Young, BTBS president, gave a run-down on the charity’s year, revealing that it had received £94,000 in donations - £2,000 up on 2014. It also raised £80,000 from the five book sales held at The Retreat in Kings Langley, plus £10,000 from the five runners who carried the BTBS colours in the London Marathon.
The charity's 175th year also saw it merge with the Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust, a move which has enabled its expansion beyond training and welfare grants into children’s reading events at literary festivals and the support of authors in schools.
Guests at the party, held at at the Hachette offices in London, included past BTBS president Carole Blake, Diane Spivey of Little, Brown, Julia Lampam of Wiley, Bill Samuel of Foyles, Vivienne Wordley, director of the ANZ Literary Festival, and consultants Patrick Janson-Smith, Lynette Owen, Angela Elkins and Trevor Goul-Wheeker.
BTBS c.e.o., David Hicks, housing and welfare manager, Glenda Barnard, and administration manager, Claire Walton, were also in attendance.