Our Middlesbrough Reads campaign gifted book donations over the festive period to wish local children a very merry Christmas.
For the third year in a row, Middlesbrough Reads has gifted books to Nepacs, a North East charity promoting a positive future for prisoners, offenders and their relatives. The organisation works to reduce the impact associated with offending and supports families with finance, childcare, and health issues.
Books were given to around 85 children at the special Christmas family visit on Wednesday 11 December at HMP Holme House. The book gifting allowed the dads involved to give their children a Christmas present despite them being in prison.
Thanks to our Penguin Random House, Walker Books, and Pan Macmillan partnerships, titles included Eric Hill’s Spot, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, and the Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths.
Before Christmas, new research from the National Literacy Trust showed that 1 in 10 disadvantaged children in Middlesbrough (10.4%) don’t have a single book of their own. However, children who do own books are six times more likely to read above the expected level for their age (22% vs 3.6%). So the gift of reading could help children with a Dad in HMP Holme House Prison catch the reading bug and see their school work improve as a result.
"The Christmas visit went really well and the books were loved. The dads all wrote a personalised message for each child and they were so grateful to be able give something personalised to their children for Christmas. Thank you so much!"Rachel Rowland - NEPACS Family Support Worker – Holme House Prison