Shoppers at Norwich Waterstones invited to buy Christmas books for Norfolk children in care

The Giving Tree at Waterstones in Norwich, where people can buy books for Norfolk children in care.

The Giving Tree at Waterstones in Norwich, where people can buy books for Norfolk children in care. Pic: Bill Smith. - Credit: Archant © 2008

Shoppers in Norwich Waterstones are invited to get into the festive spirit by giving the gift of a book to a child in care this Christmas.

Norfolk County Council and Waterstones have teamed up to launch the Giving Tree appeal, now in its 12th year.

Customers can look at the tags on the tree, which give details of the sort of books children would like. Then then buy a book for a child in care, which is collected by the county council and wrapped for the children in time for Christmas.

There are more than 1,100 children currently in care in Norfolk.

Books need to be bought by Sunday, December 10 so they reach children in time for Christmas. That is because the books are often distributed through children's schools but any bought after this date will be delivered in the New Year.

Ben Richardson, manager of the Waterstones store, said: We are delighted to team up with Norfolk County Council again this year and have the Giving Tree in store.

'Our customers love this appeal and we always get a fantastic response. It's heartening to join together at this time of year and share the spirit of the season with children in care.'

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Stuart Dark, vice-chairman of the council's children's services committee, said: 'This is a really heart-warming appeal which the people of Norfolk have generously supported for many years.

'The tree is decorated with dozens of tags, each representing a child and the book they would like to receive this Christmas.

'Many of our children in care have experienced trauma in their lives. The Giving Tree shows them that they are in people's thoughts at a time of year that can be especially difficult for vulnerable children.'

As well as in the Castle Street Waterstones, books can also be bought by calling on 01603 767292 or by emailing