A charity shop donation has proved to be a big boost to a good cause in West Norfolk.
An eagle-eyed bookshop manager knew there was something special about a tattered book donated to the No 8 The Old Bookshop in Downham Market.
Manager Sarah Cox thought it was a special volume and decided to apply a little research with the help of volunteers at the shop.
Her suspicions were spot-on and the rare book was sold at a specialist auction on Wednesday for an amazing £4,400 – which will all go to the West Norfolk Deaf Association, the charity behind No8.
Staff and volunteers from the charity gathered at the King’s Lynn Deaf Centre on Railway Road to watch the live auction in Edinburgh when the 1847 book on Euclidian Geometry went under the hammer of famous auction house Lyon and Turnbull.
“It was so exciting. There were lots of bids for the book and it exceeded the estimated price. We knew it was special,” said Sarah.
Charity manager Anna Pugh said: “We are always very grateful for the kind donations we receive at the bookshop, and for the hard work of our fabulous team of volunteers. I always say that every book donated makes a difference and this one certainly will. The money will help us continue to support people with hearing difficulties in West Norfolk enormously.”