Bookstore fundraiser helped change lives

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The delayed grand opening of Watchet’s Harbor Community Bookshop finally took place last Saturday when Serena Wilson, regional community development and fundraising manager for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, cut a ceremonial tape.

She told the volunteers, “The phenomenal amount of money you have raised is truly helping to change lives so that all people with cystic fibrosis are well physically, mentally and able to reach their full potential. We really can’t thank you all enough!”

Since opening, Esplanade Bookstore has donated almost £140,000 to the CF Trust and around £75,000 to local volunteer groups and good causes.

The building is now owned by the Watchet Coastal Community team who secured grants for its purchase and full refurbishment which was undertaken in 2020/21 by local builders B Walsh and Sons.

The shop has customers from all over the UK. There was also a Spanish customer who was pleasantly surprised to find a book he had been looking for for some time.

Some customers said they visited Watchet, went specifically to the bookstore, and then looked for what else Watchet had to offer.

The bookstore opens from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day until the end of October. The shop depends on book donations, but a spokesperson said: “Due to the generosity of the public, our bookstores are packed and unfortunately we cannot accept donations at this time, but we will be delighted to do so in the very near future. ”

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