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Shropshire leisure centres help tackle book poverty

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust, which manages Shrewsbury Sports Village, the Quarry, Oswestry Leisure Centre and Market Drayton Swimming & Fitness Centre, has announced a link up with national charity the Children’s Book Project, which will see books collected via the trust’s facilities distributed to underprivileged children across the UK.  

Annie Rogers and Lauren Humphreys with one of the book boxes
Annie Rogers and Lauren Humphreys with one of the book boxes

Book ownership has been directly linked with improved mental health, while reading fluency itself has a significant impact on children’s successful progression through education. The Children’s Book Project is looking to tackle ‘book poverty’, giving every child the opportunity to own a book.

The trust team are asking local people with good quality children’s books to drop them off at its facilities. Each centre will have a dedicated ‘book bin’ for customers to use.

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Chris Stanbrook, Partnership Manager for the trust said:

“We’re delighted to link up with the Children’s Book Project, helping them with their important work of providing books to children who may be currently missing out on this crucial element of a young person’s educational development. 

“We will be hosting the book bins until 10th June 2022, so if you’re someone with unwanted, but good quality, children’s books for the under 12s in your home, please pop along to one of our centres and give the gift of reading.”

Kirstin Knell from the Children’s Book Project told us:

“We are over the moon to be supported by Shropshire Community Leisure Trust, whose centres provide such an important way for the local community to get together.  Every book donated by families will be gifted on by our volunteers to children with few of their own.  We’re so looking forward to seeing the results of everyone’s spring sort of their bookshelves and sharing the very real impact these books have had.”  

The Children’s Book Project was registered as a charity in 2019, won the Queen’s Award for Volunteering in 2020 and to date has donated over 600,000 books across the UK.

Shrewsbury Sports Village, the Quarry, Oswestry Leisure Centre and Market Drayton Swimming & Fitness Centre are operated by Shropshire Community Leisure Trust in partnership with Serco Leisure, on behalf of Shropshire Council.

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