The Bookmark Project


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What is the Bookmark Project?

1st Burley Brownies are raising money to improve the education and therefore life chances of the children who attend Katiyo Primary School in Zimbabwe through funding a variety of projects – building an early years classroom, drilling for fresh water and building new toilet blocks are three of our current projects.

The Bookmark Project is now one of our most important fundraising initiatives. Started by our leader in 2017 the first Bookmark Project auction raised £974 for the school. We were extremely grateful for the support of Julia Donaldson, Nick Sharratt, Caroline Quentin, The Brownlee brothers, the cast of The Girls musical, M.G. Leonard, Mairi Hedderwick, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros and many more, all of whom designed bookmarks for the auction.

In 2018 we built on that success with the help of old friends and new including Brian May, the cast of Casualty, Patrick Stewart, Jo Brand and Sandi Toksvig raising a brilliant £3080.

In 2019 we welcomed the largest group so far of authors, illustrators and celebrities, we are particularly grateful for the huge amount of support we get each year from the Kid Lit community. We raised a fantastic £2900 in 2019.

2020 brought many challenges for everyone and we worried that the Bookmark Project wouldn’t succeed in the way it had previously but our list of supporters and bookmark creators grew and grew with the most bookmarks ever created and a fundraising total of over £6000 more than doubling our best previous result.

2021 was a record breaking year for us with over £11,000 raised for Katiyo Primary School, allowing us to add to the pot for the nursery classroom as well as paying to build blocks of toilets, purchase textbooks, exam supplies and the stands needed to hold the school water tanks.

We are happy to say that the Bookmark Project is back for 2022!

We are reaching out to you as an author,illustrator  actor, sports person or other celebrity or maybe you are just a book lover. We would like you to design us a bookmark which we can auction to raise money for the school. Your design can be as simple or complicated as you like, it can be any shape you like. We would just like it to represent you and your love of books and learning or maybe the characters you write about if you are an author or a favourite quote from your favourite book. If you could sign your bookmark somewhere that would be amazing!

Please let us know if you need us to send you a blank bookmark to work on…

You can then send your finished bookmark to: The Bookmark Project, 1st Burley-in-Wharfedale Brownies, The Scout and Guide HQ, Peel Place, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley LS29 7JS

We will be auctioning all your bookmarks in May and we will keep you informed of how much we raise. Many thanks for reading this far! If you have any questions you can reach us through the Contact Us page or via twitter on @slhattersley or @1stburleybrownies .

Check out the 2021 Bookmarks here:


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