David & Charles Charity Board Donations

December 2023
At David and Charles, we know that creativity changes lives, and we publish books to encourage as many people as possible to get more creative – you might have seen some in a shop near you or online! And as an independent, specialist publishing house based in Exeter, who are also proud of our Devon roots, we decided to create our own Charity Board and make a monthly donation to support charities and causes, starting with Exeter Scrapstore a charity based just 10 minutes away from our offices.

Exeter Scrapstore is a unique arts and crafts shop that makes creativity affordable, accessible and prevents perfectly good craft materials from going to landfill. By collecting surplus materials from businesses (in their white van emblazoned with their unmissable logo) and also accepting donations from the public (they’re based in Belmont Park if you find yourself with some unwanted craft materials and live nearby…), they make sure that local organisations and craft initiatives can access affordable materials.

On 13th December 2023, a few David and Charles employees paid a visit to the Exeter Scrapstore to officially hand over the donation, and met some of their lovely staff and volunteers. The wooden building set against the pretty Belmont Park looks reasonably unassuming from the outside, but if Aladdin lived in Exeter, this would be his cave! It was choc-full of colourful children’s craft materials, shiny Christmas decorations, vibrant textiles, gorgeous yarns, knitting needles, glue, pretty paper, books… the list goes on. It was terrible to think that all of this would have gone straight to landfill – much of it was brand new. And even though the staff were there in an official capacity to give a donation, nobody left without having bought a few crafty odds and ends for themselves! Such is the magic of this shop.

We were pleased to be able to offer this local charity a donation of £1,000. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who keep this amazing charity going, spreading the joy of craft and helping keep Exeter more sustainable.

January 2024 

The January donation has been selected to support ‘Book Nooks in Warm Spaces‘ – a charitable campaign organised by Exeter UNESCO City of Literature. ‘Book Nooks in Warm Spaces’ is a campaign that was recently started in 2023, as a Winter campaign to support areas with low literacy levels in the county. Research released by the National Literacy Trust highlighted that, ‘In England, 5.1 million adults lack the literacy skills expected of an 11-year-old. Exeter alone has six Wards that have significant literacy need.’
There have been four locations chosen to receive support, Wonford Methodist Church, Belle’s Place in Ilfracombe, St Katherine’s Priory and The Shambles (which is run by Barnstaple Council); each of which will receive books from local bookstores, so as to also support local businesses. Once money is collected, Bibliotherapy trainees select books based on community needs and interests, which are then bought and distributed to Warm Space locations in Devon.
The donation amount being made towards this charitable campaign is £1000, which we have been notified by the organisation’s Director, Anna Cohn Orchard, will be used to help buy books, as well as bookshelves, reading glasses, and comfortable reading chairs for the selected areas. We have chosen this charity for the month of January as it is an initiative that rings true of our own initiative of helping those in the local community through books and supporting people’s creativity.
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