The inspirational words of Greta Thunberg will be heading to children in 800 schools around the UK thanks to a smash-hit crowdfunder from Big Green Bookshop.
The independent bookshop teamed up with novelist Melissa Harrison at the end of July to launch the crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise enough money to get 10 copies of the book into 10 different schools in 25 days.
They smashed that goal within two days, enabling them to launch a stretch goal that more than trebled their initial ask of £3,000 to ask for £10,000.
Once again, that target was reached with 10 days of the campaign remaining – and an incredible £12,705 has now been raised.
Add book publisher Penguin’s pledge to match the number of copies that the campaigners raised funds for and there is now enough money for 8,000 books, enabling 10 copies to be sent to 800 schools.
Big Green Bookshop co-owner and Big Issue Changemaker Simon Key insisted that the successful campaign has “fired him up” as he sorts through the 1,100 emails he received, many from teachers and schools struggling to fill their shelves across the country.