Library books another excellent fundraising event

A COMMUNITY library that is run entirely by volunteers is celebrating after hundreds of pounds were raised at its spring fair.

MP Andrew Gwynne was among those who enjoy the stalls – and most importantly, the sunny weather – as those who keep Denton West End Community Library (DWECL) going boosted their coffers.

Denton West End Community Library fair – Karen McLauchlan hand sanitses MP Andrew Gwynne

Stall holders set up outside the Windsor Road building and more than 300 people attended in a four-hour period on Sunday, May 2.

It also meant more than £700 was raised for it – and the next event is already planned, a Harry Potter coffee morning after coronavirus restrictions should have been lifted on June 21.

And it may also mean less hand sanitising needed as everyone who went was cleaned and followed a one-way system in line with restrictions.Karen McLauchlan, of DWECL, said: “Our volunteers were really pleased to be able to get together to deliver such a lovely event for the local community and it was great to see so many people supporting us.

“Everyone was supportive of the need to do things a little differently. There was a wide variety of stalls and people enjoyed being able to walk round and engage with others.

“This was an excellent start to our event calendar for the rest of the year. The weather held out until the last hour, but people were still turning up and enjoying the day.

“Massive thanks to all the volunteers, who baked, helped on the day and who organised the event – it was a true team effort.”

Founded nine years ago with the aim of keeping the library open, DWECL has become thriving and dynamic, committed to its preservation and development for the community, through various fundraising activities and events.

And last year, it was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

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