Raising funds by the books

Books and Beans in Aberdeen celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
Books and Beans in Aberdeen celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.

The staff at an Aberdeen-based coffee and book shop have been praised for their efforts in raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Books and Beans, managed by Peterhead man Craig Willox, donated £1,700 of proceeds raised from the sale of a series of soup and poetry books.

Macmillan is currently the staff’s Charity of Choice and is reaping the rewards of the increasing popularity of the recipe books.

The charity’s Aberdeen fundraising manager, Jennifer Mitchell, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Books and Beans staff, poets who contributed to the books and to the customers who bought the books.

“£1700 is a fantastic amount of money and will help Macmillan be there to support people with cancer, their families and friends in the Aberdeenshire area.

“We are so grateful for Book and Beans support. Hopefully this will inspire even more people to get involved.”

The shop has been hosting a monthly poetry night for nearly 10 years, run in conjunction with the Dead Good Poet’s Society of Aberdeen.

As a result of the continued partnership between the poets and Books and Beans, the shop has publised two collections: ‘There’s a Poem in my Soup’ and the follow up ‘There’s a Bairn in my Broth.’

More than 1,500 of the recipe-come-poetry books have been sold with all profits going to chosen charities.

The funds raised from the most recent batch of books were presented to Jennifer Mitchell on Thursday, September 26 during the monthly poetry night.

Mr Willox is delighted that his business is able to contribute so much to worthy causes.

He said: “Prior to choosing Macmillan as our Charity of Choice, we fundraised for Children 1st.

“We have so far passed on £4610 for the sale of 1000 copies ‘There’s a Poem in my Soup’ and 200 copies of ‘There’s a Bairn in my Broth’.

“We have also passed on £3145 from the sale of ‘Fluffies’ - a kids drink made with marshmallows and milk for which we charge 50p and then pass the whole 50p on to Children 1st locally.

“We continue to sell these in the shop to raise funds for Children 1st.

“Something we’re in the process of, literally right now, getting own canvas bag printed which we will used to raise funds for and awareness of the charity Mary’s Meals, which will be our third Charity of Choice.”

Mr Willox, who grew up in Peterhead, has been involved in the hospitality industry his entire life, both in Scotland and on the continent.

He spent time at the Waverley and Palace hotels in Peterhead, worked for Hilton Hotels and at Disneyland in Paris.

Books and Beans - celebrating its 10th anniversary this year - is his first independent venture, a Fair Trade coffee and book shop in Aberdeen which has become the biggest internet cafe and second hand bookstore in the whole of the North East of Scotland.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides assitance to families dealing with Cancer in the UK.