As an only child until the age of six and a half, I enjoyed the company of lots of people – witches, caterpillars, crocodiles, twits and more. OK, so these people were fictional and appeared in books but it doesn’t mean they didn’t shape my life.
Since I was able to read, I have never been without a book. Even now, one of the most important items in my bag (no matter where I’m going) is my Kindle. I read every day. My biggest nightmare is losing the ability to read.
What worries me, though, are the recent statistics regarding children growing up in households without books (see my post from June this year: http://wp.me/p1yV8g-6z).
I was thrilled earlier this week when I found a user on Twitter called
@burdzeyeview who is also tweeting as @xmasbooksfrkids. The woman behind these profiles is Kate Higgins from Scotland. Kate works for a charity called Children 1st (http://www.children1st.org.uk/) and she realises that not every child is as lucky as she or I. That’s why she’s set up a donation page to ensure that Children 1st can provide books to children whose parents can’t afford books or lack the confidence to read with their children.
As many of you already know, this year instead of sending Christmas cards, I am sending the money I usually spend on cards to a charity. This charity has got my support.
Please check out Kate’s page and donate as much as you can (remember to Gift Aid your donation too): http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=KateHiggins1