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NEWS: Humbled by World Book Day

The theme for World Book Day 2022 followed the message, "You Are a Reader," and there was a focus on reaching children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The World Book Day organisation worked with schools and nurseries to distribute gift vouchers to ensure that all children can have a book of their own - the children I saw today were thrilled to get a book voucher.

As part of my work with UK primary schools readers will know that I've been saddened at the lack of funding the schools receive. With the help of the local community I have collected over £12,000 worth of books by this World Book Day to support this critical part of a child’s education and many schools have benefited across the Midlands thanks to the generosity of my local communities - thank you for making a difference.

To support the World Book Day theme I donated books during the week to The Grange Community School and Edge Hill Primary, both in Burton on Trent, and Bells Farm Primary School in Birmingham.

What a fantastic day I had but when I returned home I found the news that some children had dressed up as Poppy and Lord Ted for their World Book Day celebrations - a truly humbling experience. Never in my wildest dreams, when this all started, did I believe anything like this would happen or the impact our work and the story has had with so many.

Here we see Georgia and Megan from Stoneydelph Primary School in Tamworth dressed as Poppy with Megan teaching her Lord Ted at school and Jensen from Mapledene Primary School dressed as Lord Ted - how fantastic.

Thank you to the parents for permissions to use these pictures - we are very grateful.

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