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January 25th, 2017.

To mark National Storytelling Week, which kicks off on the 28th of January and continues through to the 4th of February, Age UK is inviting members of the local community to pop into its Seaford shop at 7 Broad Street to discover the wonderful range of children’s and adult fiction available.

On these dark and long wintry evenings, there is nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a new book, or reading fantastical tales to your children. The shop has a range of books to suit all ages, ranging from James Patterson's thrilling murder mysteries, escapist tales of love and desire from Katie Flyn and the gripping worlds of Stephen King to keep you guessing.

Jordan, shop manager at Age UK’s shop in Seaford said: “To mark National Storytelling Week, we are welcoming people to browse our bookshelves and find a new story to enjoy or share with children and grandchildren, while raising vital funds for older people. There is a constant stream of new books coming into the shop so it’s always worth popping in to see what’s new. Books also make the perfect present for friends or family who are keen readers too.”

The shop on Broad Street is also urging people to sort through their bookshelves and donate any that could be enjoyed by a new reader. From that novel you just never could finish to books children have grown out of, many of us have books which could be passed on while also raising money to help older people.

Age UK ambassador and best-selling author Kathy Lette said: “Books are literary penicillin. I think doctors should prescribe them. Replace the anti-depressants with a bracing Bronte or a juicy Henry James daily and you’ll feel better in no time. I’d call it Prose-ac – except it’s the opposite of tranquilising. It’s transforming. It's also a good reason to get rid of all those books gathering dust on your shelves at home, by passing them on to Age UK shops, so also raising money for a great cause.”

The money raised through Age UK’s shops goes towards supporting the Charity’s vital work for older people delivering hands-on local services through the Age UK network such as lunch clubs and home safety checks, as well as hugely important work like Age UK’s free advice line (open 365 days a year).

Donations can be maximised by signing up to gift aid. By simply completing a basic form when you donate goods means that Age UK will receive an extra 25p for every £1 that is raised from donations from the government. That extra money doesn't cost you a penny and helps to raise more valuable funds for people in later life.

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