Reading is an essential skill, whether it’s reading a book or a newspaper, checking the sports results, following a recipe, or using social media. It’s also something that most of us enjoy doing.
Rowley Turton director Scott Gallacher says:
“Like most parents, reading bedtime stories to my children was a real joy, and we’ve always had lots of books in the house for them. So consequently, I was dismayed to read that one in eleven children from disadvantaged backgrounds do not even own a book or aren’t read to. Hence, I’m delighted that we can support the Books4Home Leicester appeal.”
However, your reading ability can also be a key determinate of your future. Various studies have found poor literacy linked to unemployment, low income, poor health behaviours, and lower life expectancy.
According to the National Literacy Trust, around seven million adults are unable to read, write, and communicate successfully. The cost to the UK of this poor literacy is estimated at approximately £2.5 billion a year.
Good literacy starts in childhood. But, of course, the opposite is also true, i.e. poor literacy also begins in childhood.
To help tackle this literacy crisis, the Rotary Club of Leicester has launched Rotary’s Books4Homes project in Leicester to help children in our local area, and we at Rowley Turton are delighted to be a part of this appeal.
How does Rotary Books4Home Leicester work?
The Rotary Books4Home Leicester appeal aims to help and encourage local children to read by:
- Collecting new and used children’s books from local people and organisations,
- Raising money to purchase new children’s books, and
- Donating these books (via a local school) to pupils so that they will have their own books, and having
- Rotarians visit schools to listen to pupils reading.
How you can support Books4Home
Rowley Turton is looking for donations of new or good-quality children’s books from our staff, clients and suppliers.
You can also donate money (which will be used to buy new children’s books) by clicking the Just Giving button below:
You can drop off any donations of children’s books at our Leicester office (Bramcote House, Ervington Court, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1WL) during office hours