Throughout December, Read Manchester donated 18,373 new books and 2,564 magazines to children and young people across the city.
The books were gifted via organisations in Manchester who work closely with local families. Many of these are food banks and community organisations that have been supporting families through some of the toughest times.
We work with people who have very little money to spend beyond the basics. Especially after COVID. Making books available as well as food has been such a blessing. Each one offered has been received gratefully'.Openshaw Salvation Army Foodbank
Family support charity, Home-Start Manchester shared how some of their families had reacted to the free books:
Thank you for the books, I didn’t realise she would enjoy a longer story so much! I have been reading baby books at bedtime as I thought she wouldn’t understand ones for her age because of her additional needs. She was so engaged, her eyes lit up and we cuddled up for longer, we both got so much out of it’
My son was very happy with the Guinness book of records. I didn’t know what this was, I hadn’t heard about it. He has been practicing all holidays on his own record in the garden with the ball.
Barlow Moor Community organisations told us how important it was for children to receive new books:
We were over the moon with the quality of the books and it was very emotional to receive these and be able to gift them to children that would not normally receive something of that quality brand new.
Since the first lockdown was announced back in March 2020, Read Manchester have now donated a total of 85,313 books and 21,142 magazines to the local community bringing them just 2,245 books and magazines away from reaching the 100,000 milestone!