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Community save flooded bookshop

Fellow retailers and locals step in with help and crowdfunding campaign

A FLOODED bookshop has been saved by the local community stepping in to raise money towards replacing damaged stock and lost sales.

In the month since owner Michael McEntee found The Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry’s Fargo Village under water from a burst pipe, a crowdfunding campaign set up by a customer has raised more than double its £450 target.
Founded in 2012 the shop, which appeared in Visa’s 2018 Christmas advert boosting independent stores, is a firm favourite in the area, with secondhand books, a café and small greetings and gift offer as well as an evening space with a bar that has been named one of the UK’s best small music venues by the Guardian.
The Coventry Telegraph reported that local creative and customer Amy Turner set up the crowdfunder with the target of £450 to cover damage costs, and she told them: “I hoped that people would feel as strongly as I did – that The Big Comfy Bookshop is an integral part of our community and we'd be lost without it.
"I was so delighted when the number just kept growing due to the generosity of those who donated. We doubled our target within a few days – so I’m over the moon!"
Michael opened the shop one morning early in August only to find about a quarter of the space covered in water from a burst pipe under the flooring: “I quickly realised it was quite deep, about 2cm deep. I put a call out on Facebook, and within minutes shop owners in Fargo closed their own shops came in to clear up.
“We lost a couple of hundred pounds of books, it affected the counter, the fridge and the day's takings. The funds have gone towards replacing the books, and helped us account for lost sales.
“It's absolutely amazing – we carried on trading because of the help we received."
“The most amazing is that other businesses at Fargo closed their own shops and stopped trading just to help us.”

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