All for the love of reading – 3,600 new books find their way into the hands of Hastings’ children

To celebrate World Book Day yesterday, Hastings charity Education Futures Trust gifted 3,600 new books to children in Hastings thanks to a partnership with the National Literacy Trust Hub.

The books were distributed to children to help encourage a love for reading. Education Futures Trust works with families and children across Hastings and St Leonards to help with their learning and this project has gone some way to support children with their reading.

The delivery of the brand-new World Book Day books was made possible through a partnership between EFT and the National Literacy Trust Hub in Hastings.

The Hub aims to raise awareness of the importance of literacy and encourage reading for pleasure. It has worked in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing to distribute titles including stories such as Skysteppers by Katherine Rundell and Bad Mermaids Meet the Witches by Sibéal Pounder.

Alison Glossop, Hastings Literacy Hub Project Manager, said: “We are thrilled to be able to gift these brilliant World Book Day books to children in Hastings and St Leonards thanks to our partnerships with Education Futures Trust and Bloomsbury Publishing.

“We hope the books bring joy and help build a life-long love of reading in Hastings’ families.”

Meanwhile Carole Dixon, Chief Executive of Education Futures Trust added:We are fortunate to be working with partners to increase the opportunities for local children. It is exciting to know that, because of this partnership, 3,600 new books are destined to be in children’s hands.”

The World Book Day deliveries come as part of a busy year for Education Futures Trust. In the past month it has already given 3,120 books to children in need in Hastings, as part of the Get Hastings Reading initiative funded by the Opportunity Area.

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