Chanctonbury Lions do roaring trade in books

JPCT_06-08-11 SC1132 0310a Storrington - Presentation of money raised for defibrilators Lions Club members Martin Marriott, David Powell and Phil Abbott with Community Responder, Stuart Spinney  -photo by steve cobb

JPCT_06-08-11 SC1132 0310a Storrington - Presentation of money raised for defibrilators Lions Club members Martin Marriott, David Powell and Phil Abbott with Community Responder, Stuart Spinney -photo by steve cobb

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SECONDHAND book sales have helped a local charity raise more than £1,000.

Chanctonbury Lions Club sells secondhand books in its new mobile book shop.

The mobile shop was introduced several weeks ago, and has already proved to be a massive success. It is in Storrington every Saturday, and travels to local villages for fetes and festivals where it gets a lot of attention.

Books are also sold to London-bound commuters at Pulborough railway station, as well as to customers at the Steyning farmers market, and regular book fairs which are held in Pulbourough, Steyning and Storrington.

All the books are kindly donated by members of the public.

Chiltington Area Response Team (CHART) has been one of the many local recipients, receiving £1,080 which is enough to buy four new defibrillator batteries.

CHART, based in West Chiltington, is a volunteer-run organisation providing essential medical treatment in the first crucial minutes of an emergency, most commonly heart attacks, chest pains, unconsciousness and breathing difficulties.

They aim to arrive in the first vital moments before the ambulance or paramedics reaches the patient. Having been trained by South East Coast Ambulance service, they either live or work in the village.

The mobile book scheme aims to raise £20,000 from the sale of secondhand books, CDs and DVDs this year, which will benefit many local organisations as well as people around the world who have been affected by natural disasters.