Children in Middlesbrough get the gift of reading this Christmas

19 Dec 2018

Our Middlesbrough Reads campaign will be making a series of generous book donations to children across the town to wish them a very merry Christmas.

For the second year in a row, Middlesbrough Reads, in partnership with the Middlesbrough Promise and Public Health South Tees, has gifted books to Nepacs, a local charity promoting a positive future for prisoners serving time in the North East and their families. The organisation works to reduce the impact and stigma associated with offending and contribute to the positive rehabilitation of those it supports.

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The books were very warmly received by both prisoners and their children. They said:

“It was a lovely touch that Dad was able to give the children a book to take home with them.”

“Being able to sit and read my daughter a story was really special. Thank you.”

“I can’t wait to show Dad how good I can read now!”

“I am very grateful for all of the effort put into making this day special. The books were a lovely gift.”

“I love my book from Daddy. He’s the best.”

“We can read this together when dad comes home!”

Middlesbrough Reads recently received a generous donation of festive books from Penguin Random House to celebrate the National Literacy Trust’s charity of the year status. Hundreds of copies of Tom Fletcher’s The Christmasaurus are being delivered to several Middlesbrough primary schools and food banks.

Almost 150 copies of the book have also been donated to James Cook University Hospital, which will be shared with children who will be spending the festive period on the ward. Thanks to a partnership with WHSmith, the Middlesbrough Reads campaign have given the hospital a Christmasaurus cuddly toy, which was awarded to Murphy Gill, aged nine.

Murphy's mother, Rachel, said:

“Marley likes to read and reading in hospital is helping to widen his vocabulary and keep his brain active.”

Allison Potter, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Middlesbrough, said:

“It’s a pleasure to gift so many books to children and families in Middlesbrough this Christmas. Books have the power to transform lives, yet far too many children in our town are missing out on the chance to reach their full potential simply because they don’t have a book of their own at home. We hope that families across Middlesbrough will enjoy spending time reading their new books together over the Christmas break.”

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