Over 2,000 books have so far been donated to school children in Manchester who did not own a book as part of the Manchester ‘Gift of Books’ campaign with National Literacy Trust.

The first school to receive books was Webster Primary School in Moss Side.

The ‘Gift Of Books’ campaign aims to reduce book poverty amongst school children through the help of local book lovers. The campaign has gained fantastic support with donations coming from people in Manchester and the surrounding areas including Oldham, Rochdale, Bolton, and Northwich.

Childhood books have been dropped off at local schools where children are living without at home. The initiative is a joint partnership between Stockport business cartridgesave.co.uk and The National Literacy Trust.

People have been dropping off their favourite childhood reads at collection points since the start of the March, the campaign has received over 7,000 books so far.

The campaign was launched following research from The National Literacy Trust earlier this year that revealed 40,000 schoolchildren throughout Greater Manchester aren’t fortunate to own a single book of their own.

Ashley Allsopp, Key Stage 2 English Leader at Webster Primary School commented: “The children at school were so excited to look through the boxes and couldn’t wait to start reading! They’ve children been really inspired by the donation and have spoken about setting up book swaps and a book club, so they can read them all!”

Donations are still open until 31 July, for those who are still wanting to take part, please visit www.cartridgesave.co.uk/printwhatmatters/gift-of-books/ to find your nearest collection point.

Ian Cowley, managing director of campaign organisers, cartridgesave.co.uk explains: “We are looking to change the future of school children in Greater Manchester one book at a time by calling on the surrounding areas of the city to help us donate as many books as possible.

“The amount of support and donations we have received since the campaign launched has been brilliant, and shows the true spirit of the city. We would like to thank everyone who has donated so far and it’s fantastic to see that they are to the children that need them the most.


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