After witnessing the devastating scenes in Ukraine, for #WorldBookDay this year we took the opportunity to raise funds for families struggling overseas. Our Blind Book Sale saw books donated by learners and staff sold with only their critics’ quotes and genres attached, with a donation of choice donated to the British Red Cross’s Ukraine appeal.

As part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), which unites 15 member charities who are experts in humanitarian aid and specialists in different areas of disaster response, the British Red Cross will use these contributions to aid the monumental suffering in Ukraine right now by providing food, supporting healthcare facilities, training people up in life-saving first aid and providing several other services. You can donate directly and find out more via:

A rundown of local collection points is also available to our staff and learners to help families in need, including Sushi Yammi, Di Meo’s Ice Cream, Pineapple Black, The Cut Back, The Farmers Club Ryhope, The Polish Centre Newcastle, The Hub Stranton, Firthmoor Community Centre and Millbry Hill Stores. Our donation pot will remain in the cafe for those wanting to contribute.