Lynn store community champion Tania Hanks with a book bundle destined for Snettisham school.

Pupils at Snettisham Primary School have received a bundle of new books for the library thanks to the Morrisons Foundation in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.  

The donation followed a recent study by the literacy trust which showed reading had provided a vital refuge for children during the ongoing pandemic lockdowns. 

In the study, 59 per cent of children said reading during lockdown had made them feel better, 32  per cent said it helped them when they felt sad because they could not see their family and friends, and half said reading had inspired them to dream about the future beyond coronavirus.

Tania Hanks, community champion at Morrisons King’s Lynn store, delivered the books to the coastal school. 

She said: “I’m so proud to be helping kids in my community through this donation of books. We are living through challenging times and I hope these stories will give children at Snettisham Primary School some fun and enjoyment.”

The donation is one of 497 made to schools and the book bundles include The Extraordinary Life of Amelia Earhart by Sheila Kanani and The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding. 

The initiative aims to encourage 125,000 children from local communities to discover a love of reading this World Book Day which was yesterday (Thursday). 

During the past three years, community champions have shared out 20,000 books with schools in their communities.

Staff at the Downham Market  store have books to donate to nearby Wimbotsham and Stow Academy.

David Scott, Morrisons Foundation trustee said: “We hope these books for school libraries in our local communities will give enjoyment to children and help to boost their literacy skills.”

Jonathan Douglas, chief executive of the National Literacy Trust, added: “We are proud to join forces with Morrison’s Foundation to provide thousands of books to children who need them most this World Book Day. 

“Books have the power to change children’s life stories and the books provided through this fantastic initiative will also provide inspiration and comfort during this continued time of uncertainty.”