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Celebrities and authors come together to support brownies bookmark project

  • Over 170 bookmarks doodled by a wide range of authors, illustrators and celebrities including Sir Quentin Blake, Axel Scheffler, Lauren Child, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, Dame Helen Mirren, Imelda Staunton, Brian May and many more.

  • Auction open from 7pm on Monday 11 May until 6.30pm on Monday 25th May


The Bookmark Project runs from January to May each year and is in its fourth year. At the beginning of the year the girls of 1st Burley Brownies and their leaders write letters to their favourite authors, illustrators and celebrities asking them to doodle a bookmark for our project.

In May each year the bookmarks are gathered and auctioned online to raise as much money as possible for Katiyo Primary School in Zimbabwe. The auction is hosted by jumblebee and members of the public can bid on their favourite bookmarks.

This year includes bookmarks from Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson, Sir Quentin Blake, Axel Sheffler, Frank Skinner, Imelda Staunton, Brian May, Sheridan Smith, Dame Helen Mirren, Jo Brand, Lauren Child and many more

In its first year the auction raised over £900 and helped to purchase a reading scheme for the school, in its second year the auction raised a fantastic £3000 which helped to bring electricity to the school and teacher houses. In 2019 the auction raised £2900 and the money is helping to pay to drill a new borehole to provide the school and community with fresh clean water after the existing borehole ran dry.

This year funds raised will go towards building a nursery classroom for the youngest children at the school who currently have nowhere to hold their lessons.

1st Burley Brownies are 33 girls aged 7 to 10 years old and their leaders and last year celebrated the 100th birthday of the unit, we are based in the village of Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley and have supported Katiyo school for nearly 19 years.

The group has exchanged letters and WhatsApp messages with the teachers and children at the school and I have visited the school twice. Over the years the Brownies have helped to raise over £20,000 for the school, this money has helped to build blocks of toilets, provide desks and benches for all the classrooms, bought reading books and a number of other projects.

The auction runs from 7pm on Monday 11 May until 6.30pm on Monday 25th May and to bid please visit:


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