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Stephanie Elford, staff member at Ensafe, who is collecting money at Steph's Book Factory
Stephanie Elford, staff member at Ensafe, who is collecting money at Steph's Book Factory
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The charity which is aiming to raise the county’s levels of literacy says it wants firms to do what they can to help its campaign.

Beanstalk has teamed up with the Telegraph for our Get Northants Reading initiative, with the aim of doubling the number of reading volunteers who go into schools to help youngsters with their reading.

The charity has appealed for more volunteers to get involved but also for individuals, organisations and companies to donate to help improve the county’s poor record of children’s reading ability.

The marketing co-ordinator at one Northamptonshire company which has wholeheartedly backed the campaign says it is important firms do what they can to help, considering the strong correlation between illiteracy and unemployment, as well as the fact the prison population contains a significant proportion of people who cannot read.

Reshma Patel, of Blisworth-based Ensafe Consultants, said: “We are looking to organise a tombola, swear box, cake selling, dress down day, book selling and quiz among many other activities which are planned over a course of three weeks.”

She said Ensafe was trying to team up with neighbouring businesses in order to put even more weight behind the fundraisers.

She said: “This is one of the biggest fundraisers we have done.

“Everyone is keen to help and wants to get involved.”

And she insisted staff at the firm were well aware of the significance of the campaign.

She added: “It’s interesting in terms of the correlation between those who aren’t able to read and those who are not in jobs.”

If your organisation would like to support Get Northants Reading’s charity partner Beanstalk by raising funds or making a donation, please contact Liz Bennett on 020 7749 7972 for more information.

To find out how to become a Beanstalk reading helper or how your school can benefit from their support please contact Christine Thomas, volunteer services manager, on 0845 450 0338 / 01604 720 969 or email