Do you know that feeling when somebody gives you a gift out of the blue, or offers to do something for you which makes life a little easier? Small acts of kindness can restore your faith in mankind and also make you more inclined to do something for somebody else.
#onegoodturn aims to build on the notion of ‘one good turn deserves another’, as well as passing on a recurring theme in Well Read’s work: our passion for literature and reading.
The campaign involves Well Read giving away a variety of books ranging from literary classics such as A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, to books that have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, like Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
The books are being displayed in venues in Chesterfield and Nottingham such as cafes, pubs, community centres and cultural venues from August 2015. Members of the public are invited to take the books and keep them in exchange for making a donation to the charity of their choice and then tweeting the name of their chosen charity using the #onegoodturn hashtag and copying in @katewellreadpr or letting us know via our facebook page – facebook.com/wellreadpr
We are then including a description of each charity that has been supported in the gallery below.
What to do if you pick up a book
- Make a donation to charity of your choice using whatever mechanism you prefer
- If you use twitter – tell us who you’ve supported and include @katewellreadpr in your tweet as well as the hashtag #onegoodturn
- If you use facebook – go to our facebook page @facebook.com/wellreadpr and post up a picture of the book and tell us which charity you have supported and why it is so important to you (remember to include the hashtag #onegoodturn)
- Post the image on the right to your own facebook timeline to share the #onegoodturn campaign with your friends. You do this by simply cutting and pasting in the link: https://wellreadpr.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/onegoodturn-placard.png in your status update.
- If you don’t use social media you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which charity you have supported and why and we’ll ensure that your chosen charity is included in the gallery of #onegoodturn causes below.
Gallery of charities
We all know we are going to die, but when you are diagnosed with a life-limiting disorder, knowing you will receive the very best care and that you have choices about the care your receive are all important. The staff at Ashgate Hospicecare in North Derbyshire understand the importance of treating people with dignity and compassion, and equally, personalising care, as well as enabling people to live each day to the full.
It’s no surprise that Ashgate Hospicecare was the first charity to benefit from our #onegoodturn campaign with book-lover Alyssa Churm, from Chesterfield, tweeting “@Ashgate_Hospice amazing place! The staff are wonderful at such a sad time…”
The charity, which is mainly funded by donations and income from its 16 shops across the region, provides specialist care to around 2,000 people each year at its hospice in Brampton, Chesterfield, at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and also in people’s homes.
As well as working with medical staff to ensure people are receiving the right medical treatment, they ensure that people approach the end of their life in the very best environment for them – whether that means with a view of a garden, or surrounded by the people (and pets) that matter to them. Their ethos of enabling people to live each day to the full also means people can indulge in a tipple if they fancy one, or can get their hair or nails done when they feel like it. Crucially, Ashgate Hospicecare provides support for the whole family, including follow up care after their family member has passed away.
Services are free to patients and their families thanks to the generosity of the charity’s supporters, who give in a variety of ways, from bake sales and fun runs to leaving money in their will. The charity is helped by around 700 volunteers. Please visit the Ashgate Hospicecare website to find out more about how to get involved or to make a donation.
The Brain Tumour Charity
Books lovers at Rye Café Bar in Beeston, have given generously to The Brain Tumour Charity in return for getting their hands on a selection of classic novels.
Brain tumours are the biggest killers of adults under 40 years of age and children, yet research into the disease is chronically underfunded. The Brain Tumour Charity aims to improve people’s chances of surviving a brain tumour through funding clinical research and raising awareness of the symptoms of a tumour so that people can get treated sooner.
The Charity also provides information and support for anyone affected by a brain tumour and works at a policy level to ensure that people with a brain tumour have a say in how health services are delivered.
There are many ways you can get involved with supporting the work of The Brain Tumour Charity, whether that’s simply by making a donation, or getting involved in their Bandanas for Brain Tumours event next spring, or by spreading the word about their ‘HeadSmart’ awareness campaign to help more people recognise the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people. For more information visit The Brain Tumour Charity website.
With many thanks to all our partner venues and organisations:
- Experience Nottinghamshire
- Nottingham City of Literature
- The Coffee House
- Café Aroma and Delicatessen
- Olympia House Tea Rooms
- Loundsley Green Community Centre
- Monkey Park
- Rye Café Bar
- Malt Cross
- The Tea Room Cliffe Park
If you have a business or venue which is public facing and would like to help spread the love of literature and help to support the charity sector please get in touch via email@example.com