A KNUTSFORD resident is hoping to get more youngsters reading books.

Sarah Draper is appealing for donations of children's books for a new initiative.

The scheme will make books available for children to keep – particularly youngsters who have few or no books of their own.

Sarah said: “I have already been able to make three deliveries of books to the schools and they have been able to get them to pupils to enjoy at home.

"I would be grateful for all types of books, fiction and non-fiction from baby books right through to 11-14 fiction.

"I work as a primary supply teacher and I often meet children who tell me they have no books at home.”

Sarah has already partnered with a primary and secondary school who are making the books available to their pupils, and other organisations can get involved.

According to the National Literacy Trust, nearly 400,000 children in the UK did not own a single book, and children's daily reading levels are declining – while it has also been harder for youngsters to get books from a library in lockdown.

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Sarah hopes her project can continue once lockdown eases and plans to make books available to more schools for children to choose and keep.

To donate any books email homingbookscheshire@gmail.com and arrange a socially-distanced collection or drop off.

You can also contact Sarah if your organisation would like to receive books.