Connect Books employee raises £4,500 for Ebola crisis

Connect Books employee raises £4,500 for Ebola crisis

An employee from Norwich-based Connect Books has raised almost £4,500 for the Ebola crisis at a local book fair.

Yaima Ballester, a cataloguer of bibliographic data at the company, hosted a stall at the Norwich Global Village Market last weekend. She organised the book sale to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, a network of volunteers that help people worldwide where the need is greatest. The event raised £1,450 for Doctors Without Borders, on top of almost £3,000 that Ballester raised with a book fair that she ran in November.

Connect Books donated a collection of 150 children’s books, which Ballester sold alongside homemade cakes and raffle tickets.

Andy Swarbrick, HR director of Connect Books, said: “We are proud to have supported Yaima with her campaign, and would like to congratulate her for all her hard work.”

Ballester said: “We are very thankful for the children’s books – everyone loved them! All together we have raised nearly £4,500 for Ebola – we are very proud of our contribution and want to thank all the people that supported our cause.”

Ballester used Connect Books’ "Volunteer Time" policy, which allows all employees to take up to five days paid leave a year to take part in volunteering or charity activities, to run her stall.