Book sale in Hilgay, near Downham Market, in aid of children’s hospital

Tens of thousands of books will be on display at a bi-annual charity book fair on Sunday which attracts hundreds of people to a village hall.

More than �100,000 has been raised for charity and good causes since Hilgay butcher Ali Dent started the book sales around 30 years ago.

Mr Dent said Sunday's book fair would raise money for London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

He said the hospital was selected after he heard how surgeons changed the life of Downham Market youngster Harry Brown.

One-year-old Harry was born with a head that bulged towards the back. The over lapped skull bones had become fused and doctors were concerned Harry would be left with a misshapen skull.


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But in a life-changing operation, surgeons cut a large S-shape on the crown of Harry's head before inserting sets of springs at the front, middle and back, to re-balance the shape. The springs were then removed a month later, having done their job.

His parents Neil Brown and Hannah Bush have already raised thousands of pounds for the hospital's Craniofacial Fund and Tiger Ward, the ward Harry stayed on.

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But the couple are delighted the weekend's book fair will be raising funds for the London hospital.

Mr Brown added: 'I think we always will appreciate everything the hospital have done for our Harry.'

Mr Dent decided to start the book sale after a customer gave him a few books and asked him if he could get rid of them.

The village butcher now has more than 70,000 books in total, which have been donated by people from in and around Downham Market and further afield places like Norwich.

As well as the books, expertly sorted into categories, there will also be DVDs and CDs on sale.

The last sale in May raised �3,250 for the military charity Help for Heroes.

The book sale will be held at Hilgay village hall from 10am to 4pm.

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