"If the book trade does not support us - no-one else will!"

We are not a charity which can easily raise donations from the general public; we cannot compete with the big health and research, or animal, charities for instance. 
To see the value of our work - helping colleagues in need, and encouraging new talent to join the industry - potential supporters must have a connection. 
The recent Appeal for our Covid-19 Hardship fund for Booksellers brought us to the attention of a wider range of supporters; authors, book-lovers and people working in publishing, distribution and bookselling who had not previously made the link between the health of the UK book trade and the people who work in it, and the support that BTBS can give.  Individuals, and companies, who did not want to see bookshops close, or booksellers in dire financial straits, realised that we were perfectly placed to help - and that we would be an excellent channel for their donations, so donated £5,000, or £1,000 - or £10 - whatever they could afford. We have also received new donations by monthly standing order, which will help so much for budgeting in the future.
The Hardship Fund has raised £380,000, and we have (to date) given grants of over £110,000.  Meanwhile, work goes on to complete our development at Whetstone to provide affordable housing in North London for up to 25 young people entering the trade.  Donations are still very welcome to this fund, not just supporting a 'bricks & mortar' capital project but opening doors for new trade entrants who cannot otherwise afford to live in London, who come from all over the UK and from a wide range of diverse backgrounds.  £1,000 will sponsor a Brick, which can be named for the donor, their company - or in memory of a loved one.  See our Appeal section for more details.
We welcome new supporters who recognise the value of our mission, and work; do get in touch!

How to support us

Ways to support include:

  • Donate (one-off or regular donations are greatly appreciated)
  • Fundraise (hold a booksale, or a cake-sale, or take part in a sponsored event)
  • Leave a legacy
  • Corporate / company: Partner with us / Sponsor something/someone / Get your colleagues involved
  • Shop for us (join EasyFundraising and nominate us as your charity - raise funds with virtually everything you buy on line!  Raise a free donation for The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) every time you shop!  https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/btbs/