Imagine not going to the supermarket or filling in a form because you’re unable to read very well. Andy McNab was a teenager who couldn’t read well and he’s now a bestselling author.
His #ReadingJourney started when he joined the army and he has just returned from a South Pole trek, in the 100 year-old footsteps of Ernest Shackleton and his Endurance crew, to raise money to help us help other people like him. Our work already reaches 1.5 million people every year - but there’s so much more to do.
Did you know that:
- 1 in 5 UK children can’t read well at age 11, rising to 1 in 3 from disadvantaged backgrounds
- 16.4% of UK adults score the lowest level of proficiency in literacy
- 33% of adults don’t read for pleasure. Yet this is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background