The Queen’s Award winning charity, Sebastian’s Action Trust is celebrating the re-launch of its popular Bas Books store in Bracknell, after closing its doors in May 2013 to make way for the town centre regeneration. Bas Books, which is set to open in time for Christmas shoppers on Monday 1st December, continually brought in more than £20,000 a year which was used to support local families of seriously-ill and life-limited children.
Jane Gates, Chief Executive Officer for Sebastian’s Action Trust said, “We are absolutely delighted with the news that the bookshop will be re-opening. Bas Books originally opened its doors in April 2007 and became an active community hub. Since the closing of the store in May 2013, we have been inundated with requests for its return, so we are really proud and excited to announce that Bas Books will be returning in December”.
Dedicated Bas Books volunteer, Ted Rayment added, “After volunteering in Bas Books from 2009-2013, I can speak for the rest of the local community and say how happy we are that it’s coming back. Since the bookshop closed, I’ve had people recognise me in Bracknell and stop and ask when it’s coming back. Bas Books was very popular and what made it different was the fact that people are completely supportive of the charity and it felt like very much a part of the community. I can’t wait to return as a volunteer and look forward to seeing lots of familiar and new faces”.
Helen Barnett, head of communications and marketing at the Bracknell regeneration Partnership comments; "We are incredibly pleased to welcome Bas Books to Princess Square. The work that Sebastian's Action Trust does to support local families is fantastic and the income from Bas Books makes this work possible. "We are delighted that we have been able to find a new home for the store and will continue to work with other local groups to help improve the community."
The successful charity bookshop was originally located in Crossway, but can now be found on the first floor of the Princess Square Shopping Centre and will be open from 10.00am – 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday, with additional opening hours over the Christmas period.
If any supporters have any old books in good condition that they would like to donate, please drop them to our Book Shop. The Trust would also like to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer in Bas Books. Should this be of interest, please call the fundraising team on 01344 622500.