FAQ – The Bookmark Project


What is The Bookmark Project?

The Bookmark Project is a charity auction project run by 1st Burley-in-Wharfedale Brownies to raise money for Katiyo Primary School in Zimbabwe. We collect unique bookmarks from authors, illustrators, actors, musicians, sports people and other celebrities and we auction them online in May each year.

Where does the money go?

All the money raised by the Bookmark Project goes to support Katiyo Sacred Heart Primary School in rural Zimbabwe. Our Brownies (1st Burley Brownies) have supported the school for 20 years and with the help of the project we have bought desks and benches for all of the classroom, provided sewing machines and a reading scheme, installed electricity in all the teacher houses and classrooms, built multiple blocks of toilets, helped to support income generating projects at the school including the growing of banana plants and the rearing of chickens. We are about to pay for new water tanks so that water can be piped to the school and stored as borehole drilling projects haven’t succeeded. We are currently raising money to build a nursery classroom as the youngest children currently don’t have anywhere for their lessons.


How do I keep up to date with the auction?
To keep up to date with the auction please follow @slhattersley on Twitter for updates and bookmark our auction site which for this year is: http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/bookmarkproject2022

When is it?

The auction is always held in May. In 2022 the auction starts on Monday 9th May and finishes on Monday 23rd May.


How do I bid on a bookmark?
To bid on a bookmark you will need to visit our auction site http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/bookmarkproject2022 and sign up with Jumblebee for an account. Jumblebee works in the same way as Ebay, you set the maximum bid you are prepared to make on the bookmark and the site will do the rest – bidding up to your maximum for you and emailing you when you are outbid so you have the opportunity to bid again if you want to.

If you win the auction on a bookmark there is a postage charge added onto your winning bid. This is worked out based on where in the world you are and how much insurance your bookmark needs.

Can anyone send in a bookmark?

We welcome donations of bookmarks from anyone who would like to create one for us. Your bookmark should be a one off created just for our project (rather than a publisher printed bookmark you sign for us.) You can use any medium you like and make it as simple or as complicated as you want. It can be a couple of doodles or a sketch, painting, collage or digital. You don’t need to be an artist to take part. We welcome donations from authors, illustrators, actors, musicians, sports people and others in the public eye.


I’d love to donate a bookmark, what next?

Create your bookmark, pop it in a board backed envelope or an envelope with thick card in to protect your bookmark. Check the postage needed on your bookmark so we don’t have to pay any postage charges. Pop it in the post to us (address below.) We need your bookmarks by the end of April to give us time to list them all on the auction site.

It really helps us if you can promote the auction of your bookmark to your followers on twitter, instagram and any other online platforms you use.


Where do I need to send the bookmark?

Please post your bookmark to: The Bookmark Project, C/O 1st Burley Brownies, Burley Scout and Guide HQ, Peel Place, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 7JS, UK if you are posting us anything bigger than a letter please drop me a line at 1stburleybrownies at gmail.com (replace the at with a @) and we can let you have an alternative address.


Is there a template?

We don’t have a template but if you need us to we can send you a blank bookmark to work on (email us at: 1stburleybrownies at gmail.com )


What size and type of paper/card should it be on?

We suggest using card for your bookmark and the strongest you have access to. We don’t have a set size for your bookmark but ask that it fits in a paperback book. Some folks put their bookmarks on the wall but others like to be able to use them in a book ….

If you have any other questions we haven’t answered you can tweet me at: @slhattersley or drop us an email.

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