#ReadingJourney Appeal

Support our appeal to help people of all ages to read more and read with confidence. We support people at all stages of their #ReadingJourney, reaching 1.5 million people every year

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
Help us send more people on their #ReadingJourney.


Reading Hack volunteers supporting Summer Reading Challenge children
Ann took part in the Six Book Challenge at De Montfort University through Unison
Carole's Reading Journey
The Reading Dragons Chatterbooks group at Hackney Libraries

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