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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.

This July, due to the effects of the school closures, a further 200,000 children left primary school unable to read at the expected level. This is an urgent appeal to support Literacy Recovery of children and young people in our most disadvantaged communities. Our recovery strategy is to build long-term sustained partnerships that can help support the children most in need, in the most effective way.

We support and complement work in the classroom: Our recovery work is focused on helping disadvantaged children engage with books at school and home

Our community work complements education: Our volunteer Literacy Champions empower disadvantaged parents to support their children’s literacy recovery by giving them resources and skills to support learning at home or reignite and motivate children’s desire to learn through exciting activities.

We need your help now to support the children that need it the most.

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


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

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    Where's Wally? Weekender Virtual Fun Run

    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 the literacy of disadvantaged children.
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    Virtual TCS London Marathon 2022

    Support the National Literacy Trust with a place in the Virtual London Marathon.
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    Take part in the London Landmarks half marathon!

    Join us for this incredible, closed road central London half marathon. It's an amazing way to experience the capital!
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    Take part in the Arctic Challenge

    Our Arctic challenge is a unique opportunity to test your resilience and learn new skills in one of the harshest environments on the planet.
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  • 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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  • Follow the Reader

    Take part in #FollowtheReader on social media!

    Follow the Reader is a social media campaign which invites you to recommend 1 book, tag 2 friends and then donate £3 to support our work.
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Make a special donation

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    Captain Tom 100

    Take part in Captain Tom 100 to celebrate Captain Sir Tom Moore’s amazing achievements and raise vital funds for the National Literacy Trust
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    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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