Good news for read­ing char­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A chil­dren’s read­ing char­ity has re­ceived a fund­ing boost to dou­ble the num­ber of chil­dren it helps in the next two years.

Beanstalk hopes to achieve its tar­get by the end of the 201819 aca­demic year, with the aim of rais­ing lit­er­acy lev­els across the county. The char­ity re­cruits and trains vol­un­teer read­ing helpers to pro­vide one-to-one sup­port in pri­mary schools and now sup­ports more than 1,000 chil­dren across Kent.

Each vol­un­teer sup­ports three chil­dren and sees each child for two 30 minute ses­sions a week, dur­ing term-time, for at least one aca­demic year. With Beanstalk’s sup­port the child’s ap­proach to learn­ing and en­joy­ment of read­ing can be trans­formed. A cheque for £60k has been pre­sented to Beanstalk by Kent Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. Funds have been do­nated by the Crown Char­i­ta­ble Fund and the Amity Fund.

The money will fund Beanstalk’s Read and Achieve project which work with pri­mary schools where read­ing lev­els are at their low­est.

Call 01622 662026 or visit www.beanstalkchar­ to find out more.

Malou Bengts­son-Wheeler of Beanstalk, Natalie Smith of Kent Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, Melissa Mur­doch of the Amity Fund and Michael Head of the Crown Char­i­ta­ble Fund

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