11 August 2010
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, has met with award-winning charity bookshop manager Debbie Carrolan.

Debbie won the prize for Outstanding Business Development among St Giles Hospice Bookshop Managers.

She manages the charity’s shop on Market Street in Ashby de la Zouch, which opened in April and has already raised £23,000.

It is run by 20 volunteers, ranging from students on work experience to pensioners.

Andrew said: “I’m delighted that Debbie has received the recognition she deserves for doing a wonderful job managing the St Giles Hospice Bookshop.

“It’s good to see that the shop gets support from local groups, such as the Melton Community Centre, who donated leftover books from their book sale to the shop. It’s great to see community spirit working at its best.”

The Gift Aid scheme, which automatically claims tax relief for charities from donations by UK taxpayers, has contributed £1,400 to the shop.

There are currently 19 St Giles Hospice shops around the country. Customers are often family and friends of people who the hospice has helped.

The bookshops offer paperbacks for £1.50, and a request service for students who want classic books for college or university.