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City bookseller donates £120 of books to toy bank

Mum-of-two and local bookseller Marianne Ryan launched an appeal to buy books for city-based Embrace Child Victims of Crime and raised £120.

It meant that Marianne, an independent bookseller for Usbourne books, who lives Fletton, Peterborough, was able to donate 124 books to the charity’s new toy bank.

Marianne (43), who runs Reading Monsters, said: “I wanted to support Embrace’s new national toy bank to help families whose children have been affected by serious crimes. I wanted to provide their toy bank with lots and lots of new books and thanks to the generosity of my supporters we raised £120. I hope the new books bring joy to children who have been through so much.”

Anne Campbell, chief executive of Embrace Child Victims of Crime said: “We are really grateful to Marianne and everyone who supported her. It has been a hard year for charities like ours with our fundraising opportunities greatly reduced so we appreciate all acts of kindness to enable us to support more children.”

Embrace Child Victims of Crime helps children, young people and their families who have been victims of witnesses of crime. To find out more about Embrace visit or email