Ruby Barnhill, star of the BFG movie, delighted young fans when she dropped in on a holiday book club organised jointly by Manchester children’s charity Wood Street Mission and the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.
12-year-old Ruby – who plays Sophie in Steven Spielberg’s big budget adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic – read from the BFG and afterwards signed copies of the book for families attending the event at the Children’s Adventure Farm in Cheshire.
The book club was the highlight of a series of Roald Dahl themed holiday events organised by Wood Street Mission to promote reading and literacy to children and parents in low income families. Over the month of August about 5000 children’s books will be given away at holiday book clubs held in Hulme and Ordsall, as well as Cheshire.
The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust is a charity based in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Each year they provide holidays, daytrips and Christmas parties to terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. This event was part of their 2016 Activity Programme which will provide opportunities for thousands of local children.
Roseanne Sweeney chief executive of Wood Street Mission said: “This was a wonderfully enjoyable day for families, capped by a celebrity story-time, and helped promote the message that reading which is so important for children’s education and development, is fashionable and fun. Thanks so much to Ruby and the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust for giving a lot of young children and their parents a great day.”
Forty children and their parents from Manchester and Salford spent a day on the 10 acre farm on 10 August feeding alpacas, playing on an adventure playground and taking part in Roald Dahl themed craft activities before going onto the book club after lunch.