Forest Hill Library Launch Fund

by v22libraries in London, England, United Kingdom

Forest Hill Library Launch Fund
We did it
On 28th November 2016 we successfully raised £10,310 with 203 supporters in 56 days

Forest Hill Library is offering great rewards for backing this exceptional local hub. We need your help to maintain this community resource.

by v22libraries in London, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

80 backers took us to our £6000 fund to launch the Library, before we even opened the doors, which is just fantastic. When we first started this campaign we did not want to be too ambitious, but perhaps we should have been more so. The library desperately needs an IT make-over and there is work to be done updating many of the fixtures and fittings. Any extra funds we receieve will go into improving IT provision and improving the facilities (in fact we're confident enough that we'll raise more funds that we've already started to work on the toilets!)

80 generous individuals and companies have taken us to £6000, but there are more than 80 people that live in Forest Hill, we know not eveyone has money to spare in the current climate, this is why we're having to save the library to start with, but if you can't help fund us then please help spread the word on social media and by telling your friends! Thank you

Forest Hill Library is a community run in South East London. We are solely reliant on generating our own income to maintain and run the library building and services. Lewisham Council will continue to provide books and the lending software, but we have to provide and maintain the structure of the building, shelves, IT, cleaning, heating and lighting, non-book-borrowing services and all staffing. We have to pay licences, taxes, legal expenses, insurance..  the list is almost endless!

We have a fantastic community spirit in Forest Hill, and hope to raise extra funds from local residents and businesses who know how important a well run library is for the community.

Please help support the library, thank you in advance.

111610-b7008aeebaf3ed23b04a73cae0ccae81.    Alex Foster illustration of Forest Hill Library

Some more details:

Poppy Drayton's Autograph

Poppy spends most of her time in Hollywood, but she hasn't forgotten her roots. The former Sugar Mountain employee was quick to offer her support for her former local library, and with her starring role in the upcoming Little Mermaid, her stock is set to go even higher. Even if you havent seen The Shannara Chronicles, the chances are you'll know a teenager who has, and if you have Netflix then you'll have doubtless seen the adverts for it, and after appearances in top British shows like Downton Abbey and Midsomer Murders, it was The Shannara Chronicles that were Poppy's big break. A Little Mermaid will be out early in 2018 and stars Poppy in the title role, supported by a cast including the great Shirly Maclaine and Loreto Peralta. Poppy has offered 20 signed photos and the price includes postage to anywhere in the UK, will postage to other countires available upon request.

The Christmas Party

On December the 10th we will be having a party at the library and Louise House, a smart causal affair, with live music, a stand-up buffet (including vegetarian option) and an auction of some great items – autographed books, sports equipment, meals out, works of art and much more, hosted by toastmaster James Hasler. Your ticket price includes entry, food and a glass of champagne on arrival. There will also be a bar serving beers and wines, and a specialist gin bar with cocktails and some great gin and tonics. Over 18s only, from 7pm until late.

Plea & Thanks

Even if you can not afford to donate, then please can you re-tweet and share this on your social media accounts. Thank you so much. Our thanks also go to the following wonderful people and businesses who have donated their time, products and expertise for a very worthy cause – James Hasler, Charlotte Rose, Sugar Mountain, Poppy Drayton, John Russell, The Archie Parker, Frank Brinkley and Literary Review, Forest Hill Gin Club, The Perryvale and Alex Foster.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A great big thank you! All help is appreciated, all funds will be employed and nothing wasted.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Not only a thank you, but also a postcard from us to you. The postcards will be one of a special edition of postcards featuring the Alex Foster illustration of the library.

£16 or more

£16 Reward

A Forest Hill Traders' Association shopping bag for life. Lightweight durable bag with four colour FHTA print for shopping in style.

£22 or more

2 of 20 claimed

£22 Reward

A signed photo of Poppy Drayton, star of upcoming Hollywood film A Little Mermaid, co-starring Shirley MacLaine, and smash US series The Shannara Chronicles.

£25 or more

9 of 30 claimed

£25 Reward

A ticket to the Forest Hill Library Christmas party on December 10th. An evening of celebration and festive fun to be held across the Library and Louise House, with a stand-up buffet, champagne reception, live music, gin bar, and auction of some fantastic items from the worlds of literature, art, food and sport, run by toastmaster James Hasler.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

This is simply for those who wish to donate towards the library, and of course, we are very grateful to anyone who does. Thank you

£85 or more

1 of 8 claimed

£85 Reward

Four Tickets for the Christmas Party on December 10th - same details as for the single tickets (above) but with a discount for a booking of four tickets!

£175 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£175 Reward

Sugar Mountain Hire for Kids Party. Sugar Mountain sweet shop on Dartmouth Road is the perfect venue for a kids party - this is a great way to book the venue (during usual shop closed hours) for two hours, suitable for up to 12 kids. Offer includes sweetie cones for the kids to take home & sweeties during the party.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Bespoke Photography Training Package with John Russell. 4 hours minimum one-to-one tuition and more - the course would offer an initial consultation, planning, classroom and practical tuition and follow up, packaged to suit. John is a local resident and a member of the Forest Hill Library Management Board. John has over ten years experience as a freelance professional photographer specialising in political photography, event photography, charity commissions and landscapes. John was employed by Total Politics Magazine for 3 years as their in-house photographer doing the events pages each month, covering Parliamentary events and news. His photographs have been published in a number of publications including the BBC, The Guardian, Jazzwise Magazine, Progress Magazine, Moderngov Magazine, Liberal Democrat News and by the London Wildlife Trust. Aimed at anyone with more than a passing passion for photography who wants to developed their technical skills, practice or to further develop or specialise in their work. N.B. It is essential that you have your own camera for this course but John's equipment will also be available. Further details available upon request.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

Library Patron - Library Patron's will really help back our community library. Your name will go onto a dedicated tile on our patron's wall, a permanent fixture within the library. Patron's will also receive full membership to the 'Freinds of Forest Hill Library' scheme and receive a discount card for the 2016/17 year (or the following year if they have already joined this year) - details of which can be found on the web site.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Corporate Sponsor - As well as a dedicated tile on our Patron's wall, you or your company will also receive two tickets to the Christmas Party, and a free quarter page advert in each library newsletter for throughout 2017, a regular support from our social media campaigns and, of course, our eternal thanks, this kind of donation really makes a difference to how we can run the library.

£20 or more

27 of 24 claimed

£20 Reward

An Archie Parker coffee lovers Christmas Pack - A 250g bag of finest coffee beans (or ground coffee), a pack of home made crystallised ginger dark chocolates, and a pack of tree-decoration biscuits, that can be used to decorate your home and then eat - or just eat!

£32 or more

11 of 10 claimed

£32 Reward

A pair of exclusive Forest Hill Gin Club branded copa de balón glasses. These are a large, balloon-shaped, stemmed glass, if you've been to a Gin Club event before you will have had your G&T served in one. When filled with large ice cubes, this style of glass keeps your drink cold right to the end without diluting your gin too much. The shape of glass brings out the aromas of the botanicals in the gin.

£35 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£35 Reward

Years subscription to Literary Review magazine. Get 11 issues of Literary Review delivered to your door plus full digital access via their website and app. 'Literary Review covers all the latest books each month, ranging from history and biography to memoir and fiction. Each issue contains sixty-four pages of reviews from some of the leading authors, journalists, academics and thinkers in Britain in a variety of fields. It aims to reach a wide audience of readers who enjoy intelligent and accessible writing.' U.K residents only,

£39 or more

45 of 45 claimed

£39 Reward

A limited edition signed print of the Library (featured on this page and all our social media accounts) by renowned illustrator Alex Foster. Each print will be numbered as part of a limited edition of just 50 prints and framed in a white surround. Alex Foster's work has been featured in The Guardian, The Independent and on ITV's This Morning show, in 2015 he won a World Illustration Award. Alex has worked with clients across the world including Roald Dahl, American Express, Expedia, Anorak Magazine and Hallmark/M&S cards, as well as Illustrated area maps and posters displayed on the South Bank and London Underground. His fabulous illustration of the library is a real collectors item.

£40 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£40 Reward

A 3 course meal with a bottle of house wine for 2 people at The Perryvale. .

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