Parliamentary candidate for Newbury and West Berkshire for the Lib Dems, Judith Bunting, read stories to school children on 13 December to raise awareness of Berkshire charity ABC to Read, which works with local children who are struggling with their reading. The charity is currently seeking more schools and volunteers to help them deliver their life-changing mentoring scheme to more children in the local community. The charity will have a stand at the Volunteer Recruitment Fair on 25 January at the Newbury Corn Exchange where you will be able to find out how you can support your local schools and children.
Ms Bunting, who runs the team that produces Magic Hands for CBeebies, is very aware of the impact that boosting a child’s reading skills can have on their future prospects: “You can see the difference the ability to read makes to a child – the delight in their eyes as they gradually ‘get it’ and no longer feel left out of our reading world.”
Alex Butler, Headteacher of Willows School where the councillor will be reading with the children, said: “We have successfully welcomed ABC to Read volunteers for a number of years. The volunteers bring something special to our learners, many of whom are vulnerable and have no committed or willing adults to read to at home. The volunteers are well trained, totally professional in their approach to their work and help us provide our pupils with better life chances.”