Mercury thanks generous readers for Books For Schools donations

PUBLISHED: 08:03 07 June 2018

Waterstones book store. Reporter Vicky Angear with manager Chris Ashford picking up Books For Schools.

Waterstones book store. Reporter Vicky Angear with manager Chris Ashford picking up Books For Schools.

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Generous community groups and readers have donated more than £200 in gift vouchers to put towards the Mercury's Books For Schools campaign.

Waterstones book store. Reporter Vicky Angear with manager Chris Ashford picking up Books For Schools.Waterstones book store. Reporter Vicky Angear with manager Chris Ashford picking up Books For Schools.

Cheddar Vale Lions Club, The Rotary Club of Portishead and Weston Soroptomists are among the groups which have donated to the appeal.

Waterstones, in the Sovereign Shopping Centre, also added its support by offering a 10 per cent discount on the books purchased with the vouchers.

Children’s authors donated their publications and scores of readers have given us second-hand books to be passed on to primary pupils.

The Mercury launched its Books For Schools campaign in October to ensure cash-strapped schools were able to provide new books to pupils in the wake of cutbacks.

Help cash-strapped schools by supporting our Books For Schools campaign.Help cash-strapped schools by supporting our Books For Schools campaign.

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Over the past seven months the Mercury has given out 500 books to schools and its sister paper, the North Somerset Times, has donated a further 500.

Children’s publisher Usborne is also supporting the campaign by offering schools free books for holding sponsored reads.

MORE: Schools can win books by holding a sponsored read.

Mercury and Times editor Tom Wright thanked generous readers and supporters who have made the campaign such a success.

He said: “We have been overwhelmed at the amount of books, vouchers and support we have received since the launch of the appeal. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far.

“It’s great to see the community coming together to support such a worthy cause and we hope pupils are enjoying their new books.

“We want to continue donating books for as long as we can, so please give generously to enable schools to provide a wider range of books to their pupils.”

Reading is a vital lifeskill and evidence shows children who read well do better at school and have better career opportunities.

However, according to research by Save The Children, nearly a fifth of pupils in England are unable to read well by the time they leave school.

Schools have come up with a range of innovative reward schemes, challenges and clubs to try to instil a love of reading in their pupils.

The Mercury is keen to donate 100 books to a primary school each month. Books and gift vouchers can be dropped in to the Mercury office in Waterloo Street.

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