Edward Street Quarter donates cash to Young City Reads

Image above shows children at Carlton Hill Primary before the lockdown

Property developer First Base and contractor McLaren Construction, the team behind the Edward Street Quarter development in Brighton, have donated £2,000 to the Young City Reads project to get more children reading.

Some of the donation has been used to provide books for local primary school, Carlton Hill, with the rest allocated to supporting the project during lockdown.

Sarah Hutchings, Director of Young City Reads commented: “We are so grateful for this support from First Base and the McLaren Group, particularly at this very difficult time for schools, parents and pupils. Reading is the bedrock of education and participation in Young City Reads helps to improve not just reading ability, but confidence, self-esteem and mental wellbeing. It also increases long-term employment prospects by enhancing skills.”

More than 3,000 children were signed up to take part in the project before lockdown, and with the original 10-week timescale nearly up, Collected Works CIC decided to make all the materials available online, for free, so that anyone that hasn’t started yet can do so at any time. 

Steve Eccles, Project Director, First Base, stated: “We are delighted to support Young City Reads. We understand that our donation has helped the project reach children in the vicinity closest to our development as well as across the city. 

“With children needing constant entertainment and education during lockdown, getting involved with this project is a great option for parents and teachers alike. It includes so much more than just reading the book – there are writing and drawing projects to get involved in and all the details are now available on the website for everyone to enjoy.

Young City Reads was due to culminate in a live celebration event with the author, Thomas Taylor, at Brighton Dome, during Brighton Festival. This will now be replaced by a virtual event at 10.30am on Thursday 21st May. More details to follow.

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