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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.

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!


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

  • London Landmarks route map

    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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    Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon 2021

    By joining #TeamLiteracy and running for the National Literacy Trust you can help us change the life stories of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.
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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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  • 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

  • The Next Chapter

    Fundraise at your wedding

    You can help change life stories as you embark on your next chapter!
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  • Where's Wally

    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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  • Amazon logo

    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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