Help with a donation

Help the Book Book with a donation

The work of the Book Bus is funded entirely through voluntary donations. Our generous donors have helped over 10,000 children worldwide improve their reading since 2006. In 2015/16 we are raising funds to build more libraries for local communities and buy more relevant and engaging books for children.Quentin Blake girl with book pile illustration

We cannot do this without you. Your money helps us make a real difference to children’s lives every day. There are a number of ways you can give. Below are the easiest methods but If you have any questions concerning ways to give, please call us 0208 099 9280 or e-mail us.


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Regular giving by Direct Debit

Standing orders

If you wish to make a regular donation we would encourage you to consider setting up a standing order. It's easy for you and it's easy for us. A Standing Order lets you set up a regular, fixed donation to the Book Bus from your bank account. The easiest way to set up a Standing Order is through your online bank account, you will be asked for the Book Bus bank accounts details given below, the amount of your donation and the frequency of giving.

If you do not use online banking you can set up your standing order by requesting a Standing Order form from your bank or by downloading the form below.

Long-term donations are cost effective and enable us to plan for the future and ensure money is available where it is needed most. Regular gifts mean a consistent, predictable income so we can plan and budget better and, therefore, be more efficient.

Donate from Pay

Giving online by Payroll Donation

How it works Simply by completing our Payroll Giving Donation Form, you can support The Book Bus direct from your pay.

Pay no tax Because the donation is taken from your gross pay, every pound you give will only cost you 80p, or just 60p if you are a higher rate tax payer.



Single Gifts

If you’d like to give a single gift, you can do it all online today. It’s quick, easy, and secure. You can give by using your debit or credit card through our Just Giving page, Paypal or the Charities Aid Foundation, whichever is most convenient. (JustGiving and CAF provide GiftAid declarations on their respective giving sites). You can also donate directly by making an online transfer from your bank account to the Book Bus bank account following the instructions below.

PayPal Donations

PayPal securely processes donations for The Book Bus Foundation. Complete your payment in just a few clicks.


Charities Aid Foundation
Make a donation to the Book Bus via the Charities Aid Foundation. Use either a CAF charity account or make a one-off donation via your credit or debit card – and you can increase the value by up to 28% with Gift Aid. Please visit the Charities Aid Foundation website and search for 'Book Bus Foundation'.

Just Giving

Make a donation to the Book Bus via Just Giving. Make a one-off donation using your credit card, debit card or PayPal.


Donating directly to the Book Bus

If you have collected cash or cheques you can deposit them directly into our Barclays Bank account. Cheques should be made payable to The Book Bus Foundation. You should include your surname as the bank reference and inform us of the donation by e mail to so that we can send you a receipt.

Book Bus Bank Account details:

Name of account: The Book Bus Foundation , Name of bank: Barclays Bank , Account number: 03312909 , Sort code: 20 48 08
IBAN: GB60 BARC 2048 0803 3129 09
Address of bank/branch: 150 The Parade, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AZ, UK

By post:

You can send cheques to us by post to:
The Book Bus Foundation, 11 The Orchard, Montpelier Road, London, W5 2QW, UNITED KINGDOM

(Please do not send cash in the post)


Standing Order (inc. Gift Aid):

If you do not use online banking you can set up your standing order by downloading the form here: Book Bus Standing Order & Gift Aid declaration form (Adobe Acrobat PDF)


PayPal Gift Aid:

If you are sending us your donation by cheque or through PayPal and are a UK tax payer eligible for Gift Aid, you should send a signed Gift Aid declaration. The form can be downloaded here: Gift Aid declaration form (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

(JustGiving and CAF provide GiftAid declarations are on their respective giving sites)

Do you shop online? Did you know that every time you buy something online you could be raising money for the Book Bus?

That’s right - over 2400 well known retailers including Amazon, M&S, Waitrose, House of Fraser, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic and many more, will donate a percentage of what you spend to the Book Bus when you shop with them, via fundraising website

Each purchase generates a donation. So instead of going directly to a retailer’s website, go to easyfundraising first and choose the retailer you want to shop with – then everything you spend with that retailer earns a free donation for the Book Bus.

It’s completely free to use and your shopping won’t cost you a penny more. On average, each retailer will donate 5% of the cost of your shopping - and those donations soon mount up.

If you haven't already, then please register to support us when you shop online, it is a very simple procedure that will take just a couple of minutes -


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Book Bus web shop

You can now Buy-It at Amazon through The Book Bus. This means that you when you purchase your books from Amazon via the link below the Book Bus will receive up to 10% of what you paid for them. If you have decided to join one of our projects in Africa, Asia or South America you can explore the listings and find a wealth of guide books and topical literature. Happy reading!



Waterstones Book Bus bag-for-life

The Book bus bag-for-life from Waterstones Bookstore

SPECIAL OFFER only £2.99 !!

Available only at Waterstone's Bookstores

The Book Bus Bag for Life features some of the Quentin Blake characters that adorn our Book Bus in Africa. You'll find that they are equally at home in the High Street as they are in the African wilderness and they're pretty good at carrying your latest books around too.

The bag is made from organic, unbleached cotton and is the perfect match for any age group at any occasion.

Your Bag for Life purchase will support the Book Bus which receives 10% of the purchase price.

For your nearest stockist visit:


The Book Bus & Miles Kelly Publishing

Children's books to inspire and share


Miles Kelley Publishing

In 2013/14, publisher Miles Kelly will publish new books, ebooks and interactive ebooks to raise enough money to buy The Book Bus a new bus that will be stationed in Malawi. Miles Kelly’s vision is to support The Book Bus in both their short- and long-term goals.

To raise the money, Miles Kelly has produced a selection of First Q&A Books in both print and electronic formats. First Q&A Books are little books with big questions! Children can find out anything including which animal has the biggest teeth, why dolphins squeal and how bugs cut up leaves. Activity panels on every page help young readers put new information into context. 10% of net receipts from every copy sold goes to The Book Bus.



Foreign Flavours by Writers Abroad

Foreign flavours by Writers Abroad in aid of the Book Bus

A rich mix of fiction, fact and recipes about food, drink and cooking from around the world. Written, edited and produced by expat writers. Foreword written by Alexander McCall Smith and all proceeds will be donated to the Book Bus Charity.

This is Writers Abroad's second anthology, a tantalizing collection of fiction and non-fiction, full of spice and flavour and sprinkled with mouth-watering recipes. The wide-ranging, sometimes bittersweet, contributions show how adaptable an ex-pat has to be to leave familiar dishes behind and venture into the culinary unknown.

Writers Abroad is a virtual community of ex-pat writers, living in all corners of the world. They are committed to developing their craft through constructive criticism and feedback, encouragement and a meeting of minds.

Thanks go to all members of Writers Abroad who have contributed to this publication - in one way or another - providing their time and expertise freely.

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Book Bus. To purchase visit:


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Where the money goes

How donations to the Book Bus are used

The Book Bus is a charity funded entirely through voluntary donations. The fantastic generosity of our donors has helped over five thousand children improve their reading and writing skills since 2008.

In 2013/14 we are raising funds for books, classroom resources and our magnificent Book Bus fleet, you can view our targets and track our progress via the link below. Your contribution will keep the wheels of the Book Bus turning and help many more children benefit from these valuable resources.

Read more about how donations are spent

Thanks to our donors

The Book Bus donors

Thank you for your support

The success of the Book Bus relies on the hard work of its volunteer staff, the generosity of its donors and the commitment of its volunteers in Africa and South America.

On behalf of our beneficiaries I thank you all for your kind support.

Tom Maschler
Founder of the Book Bus Foundation

See a list of our wonderful donors
Volunteer on the Book Bus

How Can I Volunteer?
Whether you are a natural born volunteer or just want a holiday with a difference you can join the Book Bus as a volunteer and participate directly in the work that we do. It’s the dedicated work of our volunteers that makes the biggest difference to the children who we work with.
Find out more about Book Bus volunteering here.