I recently heard from the National Literacy Trust about the local work they do. I was shocked to hear that in Peterborough 1 in 2 disadvantaged children leave primary school unable to read. As you can imagine this has a devastating impact on their chances at success in life. This is not something that I am willing to stand by and accept so felt I had to do something about it.

In Peterborough the National Literacy Trust arrange for mentors to go into primary schools and read with these disadvantaged children. Each week the trained mentors, that are volunteers, spend one hour a week for a whole school term, helping the child gain a love for books, stories and reading.

This all costs money, for the training to take place and somebody to organise it all; but it also costs money to find volunteers from businesses who will take time out of work to mentor these school children.

On top of this, funds are needed to raise awareness of the issue, to buy the books for children to engage with and much more.

After agreeing to be trained so I could mentor a child, I was then asked, as I was recommended, if I could join the committee for National Literacy Trust in Peterborough. Of course this was an honour and something I was very keen to get involved in, so I said yes immediately.

We are now organising a charity quiz night that will take place on the 13st September in Peterborough and I would love it if you could come along?

It is £90 for a team of 5 people, this price includes food, but drinks must be purchased at the bar.

The charity quiz night will take place at Argo Lounge from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The money we raise will help to give disadvantaged children in the Peterborough area the literacy skills they need to succeed in life.

To sign up your team for this event please go to literacytrust.org.uk/quiz

We are also looking for quiz teams for this event; if you would like to donate a raffle prize please let me know.