"Literacy is the road to human progress and means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her potential." Kofi Annan

Some History

Book Relief UK is a literacy charity that started life as a community group in Bideford, North Devon in October 2006 and became a registred charity in March 2010.


Our founder Barry Evetts sadly passed away in 2015. He was for many years the driving force behind our charity alongside his friends the Rev' John Carvosso and Jeremy Bell. 

The charity is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers. Your book donations are sold through our shop and online to raise funds for literacy charities.

Since November 2022 we have dontated more than £5000 to adult and prison literacy organisations in the UK. We have also supported children's literacy through local libraries and schools.


We also send books overseas through Book Aid and we donate to the Literacy Trust.