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Give the gift of reading to children in Peterborough this Christmas

03 Nov 2023


This Christmas, the National Literacy Trust in Peterborough is promising to match up to 1,000 donations to its annual book gifting scheme, to give children across the city the gift of reading.

The National Literacy Trust is calling for support from the Peterborough public and businesses that work within the city, asking people to buy a brand-new book for a child and donate it to the scheme, and will match donations up to 1,000 books, thanks to support received from publishers throughout the year.

All books collected will be shared via local foodbanks, where families who use the foodbank service will be able to pick and wrap one to take home and give to their child for Christmas.

Books can be for any age or ability, but should not be second-hand, and should be donated before 7 December 2023.

Donations from the public can be dropped off at The Cresset, Metro Bank or Serpentine Green. Businesses interested in taking part are asked to contact the National Literacy Trust to arrange drop-off.

This is the fourth year of the city-wide book gifting scheme, run by National Literacy Trust’s Peterborough-based campaign. It was started to promote book ownership in the city.

“Reading can take children to new worlds, help them discover cherished hobbies and show them how to follow their dreams. We want to give this gift to children in Peterborough who need it most, because we know book ownership and access to books at home can influence a variety of life outcomes, from educational attainment to income in adulthood.”

Becky Marrs, Manager for the National Literacy Trust in Peterborough

Peterborough City Council has pledged its support for the campaign by encouraging its staff to get involved and buy a new book for a child and by helping to raise awareness of the scheme.

“Reading will always be one of the most important skills you learn in life and I still have memories of sharing favourite books with my family as a child. The current cost of living crisis will make it hard for families this year but by buying a book, maybe even one of your own childhood favourites, your gift could be the reason a child smiles this Christmas and could help to inspire a new generation of young readers.”

Matt Gladstone, Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council

Contact us if your business is interested in supporting the scheme.

Full addresses for drop-off are:

  • Metro Bank, 29 Long Causeway, Peterborough, PE1 1YJ
  • The Cresset (main reception), Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 8DX
  • Serpentine Green, Hargate Way, Hampton, Peterborough, PE7 8BE

Which books are best?

We don’t want to restrict your choices, but do ask that if you are collecting as a business you discuss with colleagues to ensure a variety of different titles and abilities.

Book choice is important in encouraging children to love reading, so families should be able to select the one that they feel suits their child’s interests best.

Chosen books can be novels, picture books, fact books, graphic novels – anything that appeals to children from 0 – 16.

Books should be brand new, so that each child feels they’ve been given something they can fully own.

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