Storm Ciara has hit the U.K. and caused no small amount of chaos to those it hit hardest. In particular, Lyalls second-hand bookshop in Todmorden, Yorkshire, suffered significant damage after much of it’s stock was damaged by flooding the storm has caused. While a large amount of the shop’s books have been badly damaged, hope remains, as many Twitter users have expressed their desire to help the bookshop recover by sending in their own books.
The store took to Twitter to show a heartbreaking picture of a pile of ruined books, but it wasn’t long before users began sending messages of support, as well as offers of donations of their old books. Colin and Kate Lyall, the owners, wrote: “We lost a lot of books but it could have been worse.”
The Tweet quickly went viral and support began pouring in. A follow-up Tweet read: “We’re getting so much love and support. If I didn’t reply, I’m sorry. I’ve tried to catch everyone but I’m falling behind! I didn’t manage to get a picture but two young people from the Prince’s Trust were in today helping with more heavy lifting. Thank you!”
The shop, which first opened its doors in 2001, said “fiction from G-H and from T-Z as well as Sci-Fi and Classics.” It’s great to see book-lovers far and wide offering their support and donating books, and we wish the Lyalls all the best with getting their bookshop back on its feet.