A silent charity book auction is being organised following the decision to cancel an annual booksale in Carlton due to Covid-19.

Hundreds of people usually flock to the charity masked booksale held in Vernon Avenue every April, but organisers say holding the event won’t be possible this year because of the pandemic.

Two websites have been set up, with one for fiction and another for non-fiction. They will go live next week to allow people to make secret bids for a number of books on offer. Some have starting bids as low as 50p.

All money raised will go to help support Host Nottingham and We R Here who were set to benefit from the 2020 and 2021 booksales.

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People browsing for books at a previous charity masked booksale in Carlton

Event organiser Chris Cann told Gedling Eye: “During the pandemic of course we haven’t been able to run booksales.  Instead, we’ve had a box of free books outside our house, and I’ve devoted myself to making cotton washable face masks and giving them away. Nearly 1,300 masks have been given to local people and organisations.

But now that we’re in April, we’re missing the booksale very much. We’ve decided that we need the annual stress, so have decided to run a covid-safe online masked (of course!) silent book auction.  I’ve been busy setting up websites, and they’ll go live on April 20 for people to place secret bids for the books. 

“There are all sorts of books, so should be something for everyone. “

You can find the website here: https://chriscookcann.wixsite.com/silentbookauctionnf and https://chriscookcann.wixsite.com/silentbookauctionfic



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