Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle yesterday unveiled the next steps in the TMB’s Christmas Appeal for Good Causes, when he agreed that the Eaglesham Street Library and Larder in Glasgow should be the recipient of a portion of any Royalties received for the TMB’s Forgotten Yorkshire book.
The book itself had been forgotten for some years, until a price reduction by Amazon triggered a campaign by the TMB to raise funds first for the Kath’s Place food bank in Lewisham and now for the Eaglesham Street project. “It’s an unusual way to raise money, I agree,” Sir Norman said, “but people are responding magnificently.”
In the first day of book sales for the Glasgow project, some 49 orders were made on Amazon, and the TMB made an immediate payment of £100 to get the ball rolling at Eaglesham larder. “We’ll be sending the money through on a regular basis – this is a small, community-led initiative by a very talented local woman who has been running it herself with very little external funding,” Sir Norman said. He said the TMB was grateful to a Twitter follower, who wished to remain nameless, for drawing it to his attention.
“No one is more surprised than I am at how Eric Shipley’s little book has managed to already raise so much money for good causes. I hope it can go on to greater things,” Sir Norman said.
Officially, the TMB campaigns for the abolition of food banks and other projects to feed those affected by food poverty, but recognises that, until that day comes, they need support.
To launch the latest stage in the campaign, the TMB has commissioned talented musician Tommy Reckless to compose ‘This Train is Bound for Glasgow’. Have a listen here.