As a charity that exists to change the lives of disadvantaged children through literacy, there's never been a more important time for our work.

COVID-19 is set to have a disastrous impact on the literacy of the 4.6 million children living in poverty in the UK. School closures will only widen the attainment gap suffered by disadvantaged students, who are already twice as likely to leave school without good GCSEs in English and maths than their classmates.

These children often don’t have the technology they need to effectively learn from home and their parents frequently lack the skills, confidence and motivation to support their learning outside of a school environment.

We need your help now to support these children through this unprecedented situation and to ensure we are able to continue supporting them when this crisis is over.

Here are some fun and impactful ways that you can help!


Support our work this Christmas and help us give the gift of reading

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    Buy and send Christmas cards

    The top 12 winning designs from our Christmas card competition judged by illustrator Dapo Adeola, are available to buy and send to loved ones. By purchasing these cards, you can help spark a love of reading for a lifetime.
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    Make a donation this Christmas

    Just one book a child really connects with can spark a love of reading which can help them to succeed in school and in life. Donate £7 this Christmas to help us increase children’s access to books and change their life stories.
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Virtual events

With social distancing in place, our events are moving into the home and online!

  • Quiz Night

    Host your own virtual quiz

    Do you have a love for literacy, a passion for prose, a good grasp of grammar, or consider yourself the fount of all literary knowledge? Then why not host your own literary quiz?
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    August Challenge Club

    The Challenge Club is a monthly virtual challenge series. Run, cycle or walk your way to a shiny medal featuring a quote by the inimitable Dr Seuss, and support the literacy of disadvantaged children!
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    Take part in our Where's Wally? Weekender!

    Join our our first ever Where’s Wally? Weekender in March 2021. Don the classic Where’s Wally? red and white stripes and run, walk or jog your own 1k, 5k or 10k route to help support our work.
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Make a special donation

  • Book donation

    Gift a book

    A donation of just £7 could gift a book to a vulnerable child through food bank parcels.
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    Join us as a regular giver

    A regular gift will help us plan our services throughout the current crisis and beyond.
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    Write the Next Chapter

    Write The Next Chapter in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our communities.
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Make us part of your celebration

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    Fundraise at your wedding

    You can help change life stories as you embark on your next chapter!
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    Celebrate your birthday with us

    Make the National Literacy Trust part of your birthday celebrations!
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    Other special occasions

    Make your celebration even more special by supporting the National Literacy Trust!
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Something different

Here are some other simple ideas to show your support

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    Join the Giving Lottery!

    Play the Giving Lottery for just £1 per week and support our vital work at the same time.
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    Give as you shop with Amazon Smile

    Select us as your chosen charity on Amazon Smile for a simple way to give back.
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    Send a card

    Mark a special occasion or let someone know you are thinking of them with a special card from Making a Difference cards.
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Future events

Plan ahead for events taking place once social distancing is lifted

  • Arctic Challenge

    The Arctic challenge 2022

    The Arctic challenge is a unique opportunity to test your resilience and explore one of the most unspoilt environments on the planet.
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