Last night, we celebrated our 25th anniversary in style at our annual gala dinner and auction at the magnificent Plaisterers’ Hall in London.
We were delighted to be joined by our Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as a host of star-studded authors and celebrities including Victoria and Ian Hislop, Tom and Giovanna Fletcher, David Baddiel, Prue Leith, Jilly Cooper, Adele Parks and Joanna Trollope (Trustee).
To thank The Duchess for her continued support, and to mark our 25th birthday, we presented The Duchess with 25 children’s books to share with her grandchildren. The books were presented by our Sport and Literacy Programme Manager, Jim Sells, who was dressed as Wally in honour of our annual Where’s Wally? fun run which took place last weekend.
Authors and illustrators of the 25 books gifted to The Duchess were there on the night, including Children's Laureate Lauren Child, Judith Kerr (both right), our ambassador Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Steve Antony and Charlie Higson.
The evening was masterfully hosted by comedian, actor and writer Miles Jupp, and culminated in a live auction which was packed with exciting prizes, including a live sketch of The Gruffalo by Axel Scheffler and a cooking lesson and lunch with Prue Leith, judge of The Great British Bake Off!
Our Director, Jonathan Douglas, said:
“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, it is fitting that the generosity of so many friends of the National Literacy Trust made last night’s gala dinner the most successful in our history – raising an incredible £178,000 to support our work. We were honoured to be joined by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at our drinks reception. Her ongoing support and enthusiasm as our Patron pays tribute to how crucial literacy is in the UK today.
“The incredible funds raised last night will support our vital work to give children living in the UK’s poorest communities the literacy skills they need to find a route out of poverty and lead successful, happy and healthy lives, regardless of their background.”