Clitheroe school helping get books to 40,000 Greater Manchester kids

Thorneyholme RC Primary School.
Thorneyholme RC Primary School.
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A Clitheroe school is helping improve children's literacy across Greater Manchester through the Gift of Books programme which aims to get the printed word to the 40,000 schoolchildren who do not own a single book of their own.

Those interested in helping out with the scheme can drop off their favourite childhood book at Thorneyholme RC Primary School on Trough Road, with the campaign launched following research from The National Literacy Trust showing that huge numbers of children in Greater Manchester are not fortunate enough to own a book.

The Thorneyholme students with their books.

The Thorneyholme students with their books.

The donated books will be redistributed to children across the region who attend schools identified by the National Literacy Trust as being in deprived areas where low levels of literacy are seriously impacting on people’s lives as part of the initiative, with which Stockport-based business is strongly involved.

“We are looking to change the future of school children in Greater Manchester one book at a time by calling on the surrounding areas of the city to help us donate as many books as possible," said Ian Cowley, Managing Director of

“It is simply wrong that in 2018 so many children have don’t own a single book, a clear sign of imbalance in our society," he added. "This Spring, we hope that the simple act of sharing the book that made a difference to your childhood, will make a critical difference in the lives of the most disadvantaged.”

With the median hourly wage of workers with the highest levels of literacy being 94% higher than for workers with the lowest levels of literacy in the UK, reading has been proven to be more beneficial for children's cognitive development than their parents' level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.

And with low levels of literacy costing the UK an estimated £81 billion a year in lost earnings and increased welfare-spending impacting on the economy as a whole, the Director of the National Literacy Trust, Jonathan Douglas, has extolled the virtues of the initiative.

“The Gift of Books campaign is an absolutely brilliant way to encourage children in Greater Manchester to fall in love with reading," Mr Douglas said. "It will really help to ensure the next generation are better equipped to tackle education, work and life.”

For more information on how to get involved in the campaign, head to