Mars awards local Berkshire charity £10k

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Berkshire charity ABC to Read has received £10,000 from global confectionery giant Mars.

The grant will be used to increase the number of ABC to Read volunteers in schools as well as increase the number of schools partnering with the charity. The £10,000 grant will train and support 15 volunteers to work with 45 children for a minimum of a year, with a huge, lasting impact on the literacy skills of those children who are selected for this additional support.

The charity currently has over 40 volunteer vacancies across Berkshire due to high demand from schools for the charity’s mentors, so this grant will play a significant role in bridging this gap.

The Mars grant was awarded as part of Mars UK Corporate Community Funding scheme, Mars in the Community. The scheme supports organisations which focus on Healthy Active Lifestyles, Education and Skills and the Environment.  ABC to Read and Mars will also be exploring ways that Mars’ employees can support the charity’s volunteering scheme, working together to raise literacy standards in Slough and the surrounding areas.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “This grant has come at a pivotal time for ABC to Read and will single-handedly improve the future opportunities of at least 45 children in our county. We are extremely grateful for this support.”

ABC to Read recently released their annual figures and reported a 95% improvement in reading confidence and a 93% improvement in attitude towards reading in the children they work with. Of the 196 children evaluated, an impressive 86% showed improvement in their overall achievement after working with an ABC to Read volunteer mentor.

There are still spaces available for any new volunteers to take part in training on 2 and 5 February 2016. For more information about training days or joining the scheme as a school, contact: abctoread@btconnect.com