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Charity Book Sale Goes Digital

                                                                                                                        Thursday October 22 2020

A celebrated charity fundraising sale at an Edinburgh church has gone digital this month in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Every May the congregation of St Andrew’s and St George’s West on Edinburgh’s George Street throw open their doors for a sale of books and (later in the year) art work to raise funds for Christian Aid, regularly raising six-figure sums for the charity.

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was feared that no funds would be raised this year.

However, earlier this month a special digital catalogue of a small selection of the donated books was drawn up to allow an online sale to take place. The catalogue is available to view  here and a paper copy is also available on request (contact details are in the catalogue).

The sale will take place on a first come, first served basis.

A sale of artwork also opens at the church today (Thursday) and runs until October 24 which also raises money for Christian Aid. Special safety measures are in place - including hand sanitisers, physical distancing, face covering and a limit on the number of people allowed in to allow the sale to go ahead. Further information is available here

Welcoming the opening of the art sale, the Head of Christian Aid Scotland, Sally Foster-Fulton said: “We are so grateful that the 10th art sale will go ahead this week, I know an incredible amount of hard work has been taking place behind the scenes to make this happen.

“This year has been hugely challenging for us all and though we are far from back to normal we are grateful this event can allow people an opportunity to browse and purchase a painting while raising money for Christian Aid. "

The annual book sale at St Andrew’s and St George’s West has taken place every year since 1973 and in the last ten years has raised over £1m for funds for Christian Aid.



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