Orchid Book Exchange

Orchid Book Exchange

Over a thousand books have been donated by Islanders for our first Orchid Book Exchange, which takes place at Church House in St Helier this Friday (21st April) between 12.00 and 2pm.

The concept of the Orchid Book Exchange is to bring a book you have already read and exchange it for something different, all for free. From complete sets of Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens to cookbooks and children’s literature, there is an amazing collection for people to browse and swap.

The event, which is the first of three planned for this year, is being held in aid of the Stroke Association Jersey, who will be on hand selling refreshments, cakes and raffle tickets. At Orchid, we are always looking to inspire and be inspired and what greater source of inspiration is there than a really well-crafted story? We all love a good book and we thought it would be great to give people a chance to share the ones that have made an impression on them with other avid readers.  We have been truly amazed by the generosity of Islanders who have donated box and bag-loads of books for this first event. Thanks to them there will be plenty to inspire everyone this Friday.

Orchid is a long-term supporter of the Stroke Association, a cause which is close to our hearts.  Tracy O’Regan of the charity said: ‘We are delighted to be part of the Orchid Book Exchange. Around one third of stroke survivors have problems with communication, including reading, so this idea is very appropriate. The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading stroke charity and we aim to change the world for people affected by stroke. Initiatives such as this are immensely helpful to our work.’

Books have been separated into categories including travel, cooking, children’s, home and garden, business, fiction and ‘lucky dip’.

Bring as many books as you like to exchange or, if you just want to come in and pick up something that catches your eye, you can make a small donation to the Stroke Association.