Barry’s love for books lives on with charity

Book Relief charity chairman John Carvosso with Brenda Evetts. Picture: Sarah Howells

Book Relief charity chairman John Carvosso with Brenda Evetts. Picture: Sarah Howells - Credit: Archant

Appledore man leaves lasting legacy with charity helping promote literacy.

Barry Evetts

Barry Evetts - Credit: Archant

One man’s love of books has left a lasting legacy in North Devon.

Barry Evetts, who died of cancer aged 70 in December, was a keen reader, writer and advocate of books, and set up the charity BookRelief UK in 2006.

The charity is working to promote and advance literacy standards both locally and in developing countries.

In a final gift to the charity he loved, friends and family rallied around at Barry’s funeral to raise more than £200 for the cause.


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Brenda, his wife of 44 years, said: “Like me, Barry was an only child, and when he was growing up, books were his friends.

“He was very dedicated and very much believed the idea that reading was the key to life.”

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With its new shop in Bideford enjoying a bustling trade, BookRelief UK is hoping to start work on a new project working on literature in prisons.

Chairman John Carvosso said: “It was Barry’s idea before he died and now we want to carry it on and make sure it happens.”

As well as his charity work, Barry wrote his own novel and was also involved in the setting up of Appledore Book Festival and the campaign to save Northam library from closure.

Before settling in Northam, the father-of-two enjoyed a long career as a ship broker, living in his homeland New Zealand as well as Australia, Hong Kong and Panama.

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