18th February 2020

Bookshop set up on online marketplace

A new online store has been launched to sell rare, collectable and antique titles donated to a hospice bookshop.

Since launching a shop on the online marketplace ABE Books, St Richard’s Hospice has sold titles to customers around the world – all from its store in Tewkesbury.

The charity currently has more than 160 fiction and non-fiction titles listed – including a 1938 edition of The Wind in the Willows worth £200.

Dan Payne, manager at the hospice’s Tewkesbury bookshop, said: “We get a lot of incredibly valuable and rare books donated – and to achieve the right value in the shop would be very difficult.

“We are incredibly lucky with the donations we receive. The quality of the donations here astounds me on a daily basis. What we are doing with this shop is maximising the value of what we are given.”

In the past month alone, around £1,000 worth of books has been sold through the marketplace. Books have been sold to people from across the world – including Australia, Russia, Germany and America.

The money raised by selling the donated books help fund the hospice’s free care to patients living with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across the county.

The charity’s bookshop in Tewkesbury stocks a wide range of books on a variety of subjects, ranging from history and science to children’s literature.

There are book departments at other branches of St Richard’s charity shops, including at its St Swithin’s Street store in Worcester, and in Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Droitwich, Evesham and Upton.

To see what’s listed in the hospice’s online bookshop, visit abebooks.co.uk/st-richards-hospice-books-tewkesbury-tewkesbury/7803306/sf