The Axis Foundation recently donated £3,500 to The Children’s Book Project, a charity that work with settings across the UK to redistribute thousands of new and gently used books to children and their families.
The generous contribution funded the creation of ten Pop-up Book Huts in London schools, providing children and young people in poverty with access to books. Not only are the books free, but also provide inherent pleasure, prompt reading occasions, and positively influence children’s sense of identity/self-esteem.
On December 11th, Axis Apprentice Multitrader, Alfie Shortall joined Multitraders, Phil Cornell and Arjinder Bhogal in collecting and delivering the book huts to local schools!
Commenting on the initiative one of the teachers said, “The children talked about the Pop-Up Bookshop and the books they chose for a long time afterwards. We had groups of children planning to swap books after they finished reading their own”.
Our support doesn’t stop there, with a team of five volunteers dedicating their annual volunteering days to sort books at the charities warehouse in Westminster on January 24th. The team were joined by other corporate volunteers, and helped sort, wrap, and distribute books by age and ability.
Jake commented, “Experiencing a break from the office routine and actively contributing to a remarkable charity that is changing children’s lives, one book at a time, was truly fulfilling”.
In addition to our volunteering efforts, the Oldbury team are currently hosting a book drive for The Children’s Book Project to support communities that present a high level of socioeconomic disadvantage and/or emotional need.
Liberty Venn, Founder shared her appreciation, “As a small, grassroots charity, we are entirely reliant on fundraising. This donation will have a big impact on The Children’s Book Project, helping us put books straight into the hands of the children that need them most”.