For a wealthy country with free education, we have a shocking literacy problem. 5 million adults in England alone have poor literacy skills; 48% of the prison population struggle with reading; only 40% of young people enjoy reading.
Summer Reading Challenge donations campaign
The Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to experience the pleasure and fun of reading, and to help combat the dip in reading skills and confidence children often experience during the long summer holidays.
It only costs one pound per child for The Reading Agency and libraries to provide the Summer Reading Challenge free of charge to children. Over 800,000 children took part in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge, but we want to see this increase year on year.
Please help us reach more disadvantaged children through the Challenge. You can text READ06 £3 to 70070 to donate £3 and get 3 more children reading next summer. You can also visit our JustGiving page to donate an amount of your choice.
(Photo: Summer Reading Challenge volunteer © Dave Warren for The Reading Agency. With thanks to Deptford Lounge, Lewisham Library and Information Service)
"The Reading Agency nakedly and wantonly encourages the act of reading." - Neil Gaiman at our second annual lecture. If you agree please consider making a donation.
A one-off donation - at any level - will go a long way to helping make a real impact. Here are the ways in which you can give us your valuable support:
Online: Make a secure donations online via JustGiving.
Phone: please ring us on 0207 324 2544 with your credit / debit card details.
Post: please send cheques, postal orders or charity vouchers made payable to 'read- The Reading Agency' to The Reading Agency, Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA.
If you are a UK taxpayer and are donating by post please complete and post this form so that we can claim Gift Aid on your donation. We can claim 25p from HM Revenue & Customs for every pound you donate at no extra cost to you. Once registered for Gift Aid, we can claim 25% of ALL the donations you have made to The Reading Agency in the last 4 years and all future donations until you cancel your declaration.