Clubs back Get Northants Reading

A fundraising stall at a recent Northants Steelbacks game
A fundraising stall at a recent Northants Steelbacks game

Some of the organisations which have joined the Telegraph’s drive to improve literacy rates have explained why they have got involved.

The Telegraph last month launched the Get Northants Reading campaign in association with charity Beanstalk, and county institutions have lined up to support it.

Among the supporters is Northants County Cricket Club, which has already held a bucket collection to raise funds for the charity.

Its chief executive David Smith said: “It’s just a good cause we believe we should be involved with. Literacy is something we all take for granted, but it’s not always easy for some people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“There are a considerable number who can’t read, and it feeds into employability.”

Sian Haynes, head of community at Northampton Saints, said the club had got involved because it wanted its players to be positive role models for county youngsters.

Second row Christian Day attended the launch of the campaign, and members of the squad are set to go into schools in the next academic year to mentor children.

Meanwhile, the University of Northampton’s Linda Davis, head of ambassador engagement and staff volunteering, said: “The University of Northampton is pleased to support Get Northants Reading. This is a great campaign to be involved with as it encourages people of all ages with a passion for reading to volunteer to help improve literacy across the county.”

Northamptonshire County Council has also showed support for the initiative.

Cllr Catherine Boardman, cabinet member for education, said: “The volunteers are able to tailor the books and resources to a child’s interests to make this time very relevant to the child. Any child who may be vulnerable or behind in their learning for any reason will reap the benefits from this type of support.”