09 Dec Jonathan Cartu Announces: Christmas appeal: ‘Even small donations can change
Eddie Dickens writer Philip Ardagh is supporting i’s Christmas appeal to raise £75,000 for reading charity Coram Beanstalk
i is partnering with Coram Beanstalk this Christmas to provide reading support for children. If you want to give the gift of reading this Christmas, follow this link to make a donation.
Donating just a few pounds to help Coram Beanstalk buy new books for youngsters all over the UK has the potential to change their lives forever, a popular children’s author has said.
This is because getting the right book into the hands of the right child can boost their education and future relationships like little else, according to Eddie Dickens writer Philip Ardagh.
Schools working with the charity are provided with a starter pack of different books, which counts Mr Ardagh’s historical tale of Norman the Norman from Normandy among its collection.
However, children who receive extra help are not limited to the starter pack’s selection and can choose to read anything they like with their dedicated helpers.
“They don’t prescribe, they don’t say these are the sorts of books you should be reading,” said Mr Ardagh, who has written more than 100 books since he was first published in 1991.
“So, if you like the back of cereal packets that’s fine, if you like shampoo bottles that’s fine, if you like comics that’s fine because it leads to opening up of the fantastic world of the written word.”
A donation of just £5 is enough to fund the purchase of a new book, while £2 is enough to provide a week’s worth of one-to-one reading support.
For Mr Ardagh, who believes he may be “the tallest, hairiest person involved in Beanstalk”, making a donation to the charity is a no-brainer.
‘Better chance at life’
“I would say that this is such a worthwhile cause, when very small amounts can make a big difference,” he explained.
“Books aren’t hugely expensive yet they can contain the world – a few pounds can buy a book that really can change a life.
“Opening a book is like opening a door to absolutely anything. If you can match the right book to the right children you really can turn their lives around.
“Statistics support that if you get children reading at an early age and understanding and appreciating the importance of books you give them a better chance at life.
“It helps their education and their relationships in a way that’s almost unimaginable.
“It’s the gift that keeps on giving. You are paying for for the book but that is setting them off into unimaginable changes. Dig deep.”
:: Whether you wish to donate £1 or £1,000, you can use the coupon provided in the newspaper for card debits and cheques, sending it to Coram Beanstalk (Ref: The i appeal), Coram Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ.