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Andy NcNab loses fight to Catherine Cookson – but it is all for charity (World Book Day 2019)

March 7 2019

The team at St Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre are celebrating World Book Day (7th March) by announcing the authors whose titles are in most demand from their charity book trolley – and who have therefore helped to raise £3,000 for local charities.

In 12-months the books, along with DVDs, donated by team members and patients at the Centre in Milton Road have raised funds for local charities including the Beau Halo Trust and the Hampshire Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance national charities such as Help for Heroes and the RNLI.

Louise Quirk, the Centre’s Patient Services Manager and a fan of crime thrillers, said: “We like to support the less well-known charities and ones that are close to our hearts. Nothing stays on the shelf for long. Patients and colleagues love having the facility to pick something up and even their families have told them to keep an eye out for particular authors turning up on the trolley.”

To mark World Book Day the team have announced their top five best-selling authors for the year. They are:

  1. Catherine Cookson
  2. Maeve Binchy
  3. Danielle Steel
  4. Andy McNab and
  5. Chris Ryan

Hospital director and fiction fan Penny Daniels said: “The team work hard to support the sale. They also take part in dress down days and cake sales to raise money for good causes. Louise and receptionists Jane Powell, Jackie Blythe and Sazada Begum have been the stalwarts of the fundraising activities, coming in early to organise the trolley, as they know just how much colleagues and visitors like to go straight to the trolley as they arrive. I am very proud of everybody’s efforts and delighted that we have been able to support so many people near and far.”