Friday, 29 August 2014

Bathtime Reading

OK, I admit that here at Oxfam Lichfield most of us are quackers about books (especially if we volunteer in the Bookshop), but we don't all read in the bath! There are those who think it spoils a book, because the pages get soggy and they go crinkly and wrinkly as they dry out, but I can live with that! 

I'm not even sure if there are perfect books to read in the bath - I just grab whatever I happen to be reading at the time, but I suppose one could try and find books with a bathtime theme... Jill Murphy's children's classic, Five Minutes Peace springs to mind. Has anyone got any other ideas? 

And before anyone says anything, yes, I do feel guilty about being able to soak in the bath with a good book when so many people in the world don't even have clean water for drinking and cooking, let alone keeping clean.  

Anyway, if you want a good book to read in the bath, we have plenty of choice in our Bookshop (32 Market Street). And if you want to help Oxfam provide clean water for communities, you can make a donation at either of our shops. We're always immensely grateful to customers who put money in our box on the counter, and the small change adds up very quickly. Thanks to these contributions, over the last couple of years we've been able to send cash to disaster funds in the Philippines, Sudan, and Gaza - and the provision of safe, clean water is a vital part of Oxfam's work in all three places.  

If you're willing to give more, you could buy a gift through the Oxfam Unwrapped scheme, where all the money goes directly to a specific project. For example, £10 provides fresh water for 10 people, while £22 fixes a well. Staff and volunteers in both our shops can expain the scheme, and full details are available on the main Oxfam GB website at

By the way, should you wonder, the duck with a book is from the British Library, and I couldn't resist it. I just wish Oxfam would make something like this to sell in the bookshops - I'm sure they would be popular!

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