West End actors volunteer to support Bedford children's literacy charity

They will perform stories to primary schools online

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 5:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 5:30 pm

Bedford-based charity Schoolreaders has teamed up with the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust to help primary school children.

The national children’s literacy charity created StoryTime video book library after the first school closures in 2020. Its aim is to encourage reading among primary school children.

Prior to the first school closures in March last year, Schoolreaders volunteers were providing one-to-one reading support sessions to more than 12,800 children each week in over 650 primary schools across the country.

Lola May

Jane Whitbread, founder of Schoolreaders, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Masterclass and we are so grateful to all the actors for volunteering to offer their talents to our Storytime video library.

"It is so important that children can access and engage with books during the latest school closures and the videos from these talented actors will help more children to see the enjoyment that can be gained from books.”

Ted Reilly