Children’s publishers have sent more than 2,500 books to schools and nurseries affected by flooding in Hebden Bridge.
Local residents Michael Prior and Di Seymour appealed for books last month after several primary schools in the area lost all their books in the flooding.
Prior said even though they expected “perhaps a couple hundred” of books they received more than 2,500 from Puffin, Dorling Kindersley, The Bookseller, Salariya, Little Tiger, Co-ordination Group Publications (CGP), Scholastic, Egmont, Walker, Andersen Press, Miles Kelly, Child’s Play, Hachette, Findel Education, Gardners and Chicken House.
OUP, who cannot donate under their articles of association, offered schools a 50% price reduction won Oxford Learning Tree study books.
“We cannot say just how many [books were donated] because some boxes went straight to the schools, as when Hachette actually sent up their own van with accompanying helpful drivers,” said Prior. “When Findel Education and Gardner Books sent up a pallet load of 21 boxes we had to give up sorting and leave it to the schools!”
The books were donated to several schools in the area, including Todmorden CoE School, which lost all its reception and nursery materials, and St Josephs RC Primary. Some boxes went to two local nurseries, Crossley Mill and Waters Edge, and others to the Hebden Bridge library.
“These children will be writing to the publishers with their thanks,” said Prior. “All we can do is send our own thanks. The idea of children not having a story book in school when some of them have also been flooded out of their homes was what prompted us to start this appeal. Now they have at least two each to share around.”