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This couple says Russell Crowe donated to their bookshop when they were trying to save it

In the quaint city of Norwich, England, a comfortable bookshop known as Bookbugs and Dragon Tales opened in 2019 – simply months earlier than the pandemic struck. The house owners, Dan and Leanne Fridd, managed to maintain the store open for 2 years earlier than they determined they wanted some assist, so they began crowdfunding. When they noticed somebody had donated£5,000 they were shocked. 

“And we checked the name, and I sort of was like, ‘Russell Ira Crowe?'” Leanne informed CBS News. “And Dan was like, ‘It’s Russell Crowe!’ And I was like, ‘No, it can’t be Russell Crowe.'” The donation was about $5,832.95 in U.S. {dollars}. 

Leanne mentioned they did a little bit of digging and requested a mutual buddy who has a connection to the actor. Now, they’re assured it is the actual Russell Crowe, who has dedicated acts of kindness like this earlier than. In 2020, Crowe paid for an aspiring actor to attend drama faculty by donating to his GoFundMe, according to People.

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Dan and Leanne Fridd, house owners of Bookbugs and Dragon Tales in Norwich, England, say Russell Crowe contributed $5,000 to their crowdfunder.

Dan and Leanne Fridd


Dan and Leanne mentioned the donation helped unfold the phrase about their store. 

“People wanted to come in and say hello and the press were interested and we were on Australian breakfast television, which was insane,” Leanne mentioned. 

“It feels like such a weight has been lifted,” Dan added. “It’s not just the crowdfunder, it’s not just the money, it’s the way people come into the shop.”

They could by no means know why Crowe selected their business, however maybe it’s as a result of the couple makes use of their bookshop to assist the neighborhood in some ways. They maintain wellbeing periods for adults and coordinate actions for teenagers. And they additionally run The Dorothy Amery Reader Awards, impressed by an area man who needed to honor his spouse with good deeds after she died. They selected to honor her by making a gift of free books to youngsters in want. 

“Their parents are working really hard, but they just don’t have money for books and things like that,” Leanne mentioned. “So, we ask for some nominations from schools and they recommend children they think would benefit and then we have a huge celebration evening and then we gift books to the children here.”

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They could by no means know why Crowe selected their business, however maybe it’s as a result of Dan and Leanne use their bookshop to assist the neighborhood in some ways. 

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Last year, they gave away books to 30 youngsters in want. But this year, the crowdfunding will enable them to select 50 youngsters. They’re additionally utilizing the money to build a wheelchair ramp to make their store accessible to everybody. 

They mentioned the rationale they used the donation money so selflessly is straightforward. 

“Someone took a chance on us. We are from very working class, poor backgrounds. We were certainly not able to have access to books to own necessarily as much as we wanted to as children and people took a chance on us,” Leanne mentioned. “They saw the potential in us and we get to pay that forward through the shop by really believing in other people.”

If Russell Crowe ever desires to come peruse the cabinets, Leanne and Dan are prepared for him. 

“He is a gold loyalty card customer now so he gets 10% off for life, should he ever wander in,” Leanne joked. 

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