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Books for Hospices

In May 2010, Listening Books launched its books for hospices project, supplying mini libraries of audiobooks to voluntary-run hospices. We are delighted to have been able to offer these mini libraries to hospices free of charge through the generous donations of charitable trusts and companies. We have so far delivered to over 160 adult hospices in England and to the majority of children's hospices throughout the UK, ensuring our audiobooks bring comfort to as many adults and children as possible.

The CD mini libraries consist of a huge range of fantastic audiobooks on MP3 CD by some of the biggest names in the publishing world, including Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, Dan Brown and Jacqueline Wilson. Each hospice has so far also received MP3 CD players and headphones to distribute to its patients. We are also now providing tablets so that hospices can access all of our online titles. We are grateful to have the support of David Praill, Chief Executive of charity, Help the Hospices, who had this to say about the project:

"The Books for Hospices project from Listening Books has already made a tremendous difference to hundreds of hospice patients and their families, with mini libraries being installed at more than 30 local hospices across the UK. These audiobook libraries have supported hospices in their mission to help people live well until they die, by giving people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses the chance to reap the therapeutic benefits of books, and continue to do the things they love - like relaxing with a novel or learning about something new."

We are now also able to provide tablets for hospices, so they can access over 6,000 audiobooks through our online download and streaming service.

If you know of a voluntary-run hospice in the UK which might like to receive a mini library, either on CD or online, please direct them to this page or ask them to contact Claire Bell at or by calling 020 7407 9417.

Older man wearing headphones while sitting in a chair. Younger woman looking over his shoulder at the tablet they are using.

Listening Books have proved invaluable in helping some of our students to access the texts they need to study for the English Literature GCSE. Due to their difficulties, some of our students are unable to read, focus on and/or remember texts in their written form. Having the opportunity to offer these students a tablet so that they can listen to the novel or play has meant that they have been able to develop a real knowledge and understanding of the plots, characters and themes. Thank you so much for supporting our students in this way.

Claire MooneyClaire Mooney