Gift a Book Christmas Appeal

Matt Turpin
Wed 24 Nov, 2021

Nottingham is coming together to ensure the most vulnerable members of our society are not denied a magical Christmas. With the gift of books, you can make that magic real.

We are delighted to be working with Switch Up and Creative Quarter to make sure books are included in food parcels to families who are vulnerable and facing challenging circumstances this winter.

Working together, we aim to open up the world of stories with the gift of books which will offer 500 families some escape from the harsh realities of tough times, and a chance to find solace, adventure, romance, travel and poetry.

We’re asking for public support to bring literature and light into the lives of vulnerable families, using the power of books to connect with their lives.

We would like to gift the books to families in new or mint condition; sourcing books as featured in the top 20 bestseller charts for fiction, non-fiction, children’s and poetry, or a graphic novel and childhood favourite of your own.

If you would like to donate a book or two, include a personal message of hope to readers and either post directly or drop off at one of the following book drop off points:

  • Creative Quarter: During their office opening hours, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm at Unit 36 Avenue C, Sneinton, Nottingham, NG1 1DW
  • Lakeside Arts Gallery: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm at DH Lawrence Pavilion, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

We will be taking deliveries of the books until 10th December 2021, as we’ll want to make sure the books are packed and sent out with food parcels before Christmas.

Let us know which book you are gifting by tagging us on Twitter @nottmcityoflit and using the hashtag #SwitchUpFund

If you want to take part but are unable to donate books please Donate now


We highly recommend ordering chosen books from our local bookshops.

Five Leaves Bookshop

Page 45

Waterstones (Nottingham /West Bridgford)

The Book Case (Lowdham)

or via UK Bookshops, who distribute profits to local UK independent bookshops.

About the Switch Up Fund

Switch Up provide individual, life changing support to young people in communities affected by crime and violence. Through sport, mentoring and personal development, we improve the mental and physical wellbeing to give them the skills, confidence and motivation to realise their true potential.

Switch Up has launched an urgent appeal for cash donation to support these young people and their families with food parcels, warm clothes, books, toys, counselling and mentoring to support them through this difficult period.

Donate now

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