Local reading charity given a cash boost by Heathrow Community Fund

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Local reading charity ABC to Read have received a donation of £1,584 from the Heathrow Community Fund to recruit, train and support five reading mentors in the Slough area.

The charity have been working with volunteers for over 10 years to mentor youngsters who are struggling with their reading. The primary school children selected to work with an ABC to Read mentor are identified by the schools as those children who would benefit most from one-to-one support.

The Heathrow Community Fund grant will focus on the Slough area and increase the number of volunteers who are able to work with local children. The charity are regularly recruiting new volunteers to cope with the demand from local schools for ABC to Read support. Volunteers are continuously supported by ABC to Read who offer training sessions, books and games to use with the children as well as opportunities for further training.

ABC to Read were awarded the donation under Heathrow Community Fund’s Communities Together grants programme.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “Every additional volunteer that we recruit and train impacts three more children every year who are given hope for their future as a result of the improved reading skills they develop with their mentor. With five more volunteers in the Slough area, the benefit to local children is immeasurable and we are very thankful to the Heathrow Community Fund.” 

For more information or to book onto the next training course in July, please visit www.abctoread.org.uk or email abctoread@btconnect.com

About ABC to Read

ABC to Read trains and supports volunteers in primary schools across Berkshire, helping hundreds of children each year to enjoy reading and gain an essential skill for life. The charity has maintained around 100 volunteers working with 300 children each year to improve their reading skills.  The children are chosen by the schools as those in most need of reading support.  The volunteers are selected by the charity and are CRB checked, trained and supported. ABC to Read are currently campaigning to increase awareness of their work in order to reach more Berkshire children. More information can be found at www.abctoread.org.uk

About Heathrow Community Fund

Heathrow Community Fund is part of an independent grant-making charity set up by Heathrow’s owners to support and strengthen local communities close to the airport. In the past two years it has donated more than £1 million through three grant programmes, funding projects which support young people, help protect the environment and support active local communities. Funds come from an annual donation from the airport, donations from airline passengers and fines imposed on aircraft that breach noise limits. More information about the fund and how to apply for grants is available on the website: www.heathrow.com/communityfund