Donate your old children’s books to spread festive joy this Christmas

November 11th 2019

Christmas can be a difficult time for some, especially those who are unable to spend it with their loved ones.

Michaela Booth, health in justice’s national lead for patient engagement, is hoping to bring some happiness to our patients and their children this Christmas.

Michaela is seeking donations of children’s story books for women in HMP Foston Hall, HMP Drake Hall, HMP New Hall and HMP Askham Grange to give to their children a small gift during family visits throughout December.

Michaela understands the importance of these gifts and what they mean to the residents as she once was a resident at one of the centres and was unable to give her daughter a Christmas gift. The book donations will enable the mothers to still feel like a mother and have a positive impact on their mental health at what is a difficult time in their lives.

Michaela expressed how giving the gift of a book enables a child to use their imagination and helps them to escape painful experiences. For many children this may be the only presents that they will receive this Christmas, making every book donation count.

Many of the residents at the centre feel as if no one cares about them and that they have been forgotten. The campaign will make a difference by showing the women and children that people do care about them and are willing to support them in change.

If you are interested in donating, the books can either be new or used, but in good condition.

Send your books directly - for the attention of Michaela Booth - to: Care UK Regional Office, Oakwood Visits Centre, Oaks Drive, Featherstone, WV10 7QD

Please make your book donation before Friday 29th November when Michaela ( will collect them ready for December family visits.