The Oban Times - - Districts -

PUPILS from Lochnell pri­mary school re­ceived a £10,000 cheque from the Cr­erar Ho­tels Trust on be­half of the Scot­tish Book Trust (SBT).

The pupils have all ben­e­fited from the SBT’s shared read­ing pro­gramme, which aims to en­cour­age adults and chil­dren to read, write and be in­spired by books.

The do­na­tion fol­lows pre­vi­ous fund­ing by the Cr­erar Ho­tels Trust amount­ing to £62,625 since 2009.

Some of the ho­tels run by Cr­erar in­clude the Oban Bay Ho­tel and the Isle of Mull Ho­tel and Spa. Chair­man of the Cr­erar Ho­tels Trust, Paddy Cr­erar, said en­abling peo­ple of all back­grounds, ages and abil­i­ties to see and ful­fil their po­ten­tial is a key pri­or­ity for his trust.

He said: ‘Read­ing is key to a child’s learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment, and en­ables them to grow in con­fi­dence. Above all, we want to see th­ese chil­dren hav­ing fun and the huge smiles we’ve seen on their faces shows our do­na­tion is very worth­while.’

Jas­mine Fassl, head of the schools pro­gramme at the SBT, added: ‘We are hugely grate­ful to Cr­erar Ho­tels Trust for their gen­er­ous do­na­tion.

‘Shared read­ing schemes have im­mea­sur­able ben­e­fits for pupils, teach­ers and the school, in­clud­ing im­proved read­ing at­tain­ment, in­creased con­fi­dence, im­proved in­ter­per­sonal skills and a more co­he­sive school com­mu­nity.

‘Most im­por­tantly, the pupils who are in­volved in the schemes of­ten de­velop an in­creased en­joy­ment of read­ing.’

Emma La­mont, schools out­reach co­or­di­na­tor at Scot­tish Book Trust, re­ceives the £10,000 cheque from David McGhie, gen­eral man­ager of the Oban Bay Ho­tel, with pupils, Ruth, Eva, Rory, Rosie and James, from Lochnell pri­mary school.

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