Glasgow Fort has gifted £1,250 worth of books to FARE Scotland to be given to children from vulnerable families across the city.
The donation means that FARE Scotland has been able to choose hundreds of books to be distributed across six primary schools close to Glasgow Fort, providing children at primary school with stories to read for enjoyment at home, something which is essential to their literacy development.
The initiative has been led by Glasgow Fort’s owner, British Land, and the National Literacy Trust through their ongoing partnership which is now in its tenth year.
This latest contribution is part of the shopping centre’s broader work in the community, which included the donation of 300 books during the first lockdown last year, as well as the installation of a Giving Box at Glasgow Fort where visitors can make contactless donations to support local charities.
Jimmy Wilson, CEO at FARE Scotland, said: “The pandemic has impacted the families we help in all kinds of ways, and we’re incredibly thankful for all of the support Glasgow Fort has given us. These book donations have helped children of all ages across our community who might not have had access to them otherwise.”
Phil Goodman, centre manager at Glasgow Fort, added: “We have a longstanding relationship with the team at FARE Scotland and, it’s now more important than ever that we continue to support the local charities providing essential help to those most in need in our community.”
Jonathan Douglas, chief executive of the National Literacy Trust, said: “We know that 1 in 11 children do not have a single book at home and this can be really detrimental to their development. Initiatives like these ensure local families have books to enjoy at home, and children’s imaginations and literacy skills can continue to thrive.”