Nottingham City Transport was proud to join other business leaders in Nottingham today (7 June) to balance the books in a very different way as part of a charity reading event.
Councillor Sam Webster, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health at Nottingham City Council, invited some of the leading firms in the city to a Business And Books – Big Breakfast.
The event, which took place at Loxley House in Station Street, saw pupils from Blue Bell Hill Primary School, in St Ann’s, sit down and have a story read to them by a local business leader.
The event aimed to highlight the importance of early literacy skills in children, as well as helping to raise funds for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library – which provides a free book every month to children from birth to aged five.
The scheme, supported by the City Council, Rotary Club of Nottingham, Small Steps Big Changes and Castle Cavendish, now has more than 4,000 local children signed up. It runs in nine wards in the City and more than 100,000 books have been distributed since 2009. But more funds are needed to extend the scheme to every child in the Nottingham. It’s easy to donate to this important book gifting charity here www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/businessandbooks
Councillor Webster said: “I spent a few years at the Council having responsibility for education and skills in Nottingham, so I know how important literacy is to the future of our children. A huge part of this is encouraging and nurturing a love of books from a young age – reading is often the gateway to so many other forms of learning.”
David Astill, NCT Commercial and Operations Director, who read at the Big Breakfast added, “We are delighted to support this excellent initiative and encourage reading in the City, which is an ideal activity to undertake whilst riding on the bus”
Last month, NCT supported an innovative drive to boost literacy levels in Nottingham as part of a partnership between the National Literacy Trust, Nottingham City Council and Small Steps Big Changes.