Celebrations to mark Beanstalk’s birthday

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The charity which is working with the Telegraph to improve literacy levels in the county is getting ready to celebrate its 40th birthday next week.

A party for supporters of the charity Beanstalk will be held at Northamptonshire CCC’s ground in Northampton on Wednesday next week.

The celebrations come as the charity hails the results of the Get Northants Reading campaign.

It was launched after figures revealed the county lagged behind the national average in terms of the number of 11-year-olds who leave school unable to read to satisfactory level.

Christine Thomas, who chairs the Beanstalk branch in the county, said: “We have invited current supporters of Beanstalk, and volunteers past and present.”

She said she was very pleased with how the campaign had gone so far, and added: “It’s gone really well. I should think we have had more than 50 enquiries.

“We have already trained our first batch of volunteers and they are going into schools this week, and we have got 30 waiting for training in September.

“They are still coming in. We get new applications through every week.”

To help raise money for Beanstalk’s Get Northants Reading campaign, call Liz Bennett on 020 77497972.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer reading helper, you can email northamptonshire@beanstalkcharity.org.uk.

You can also call Christine Thomas on 01604 720969 or 0845 4500338.

More information is available at www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk.