Over the past few weeks, everyone at ABC to read has been working hard in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 16th the Government announced plans to close all educational settings on Friday 20th March 2020, therefore, we sadly had to advise all of our volunteers to not attend their schools as usual. We had over hundred volunteers supporting children with their reading twice a week in schools across Berkshire
We know that as a charity we have challenging times ahead of us, and it is incredibly difficult to come to terms with the fact that our volunteers will not be able to deliver their usual one-to-one reading support in schools until further notice. However, we know that by coming together we have an opportunity to bring so much positivity to children through the wonderful world of books. We still need to help them develop sustainable reading habits.
We have had to focus our efforts on setting up new initiatives so that we can provide the best possible support for schools, volunteers and children remotely.
What has become apparent is that we are also going to have to expect a shortfall in funding for the charity as we are finding that our applications are being cancelled whilst a lot of donors concentrate on the immediate needs of those affected by COVID-19. This puts our vital support in jeopardy, as well as the long-term ability of the organisation to function once we are able to resume our services again. This would be disastrous for the children and schools that we support now as well as a sense of purpose for our volunteers, and for thousands more who will need us in the future.
Therefore, we need to appeal to all of our supporters to help us to continue in these challenging times, and to be ready to provide life-changing support to children when we are allowed to restart our 1-1 activities again. Your help today will ensure our children and schools are not forgotten in what are going to be some of the toughest days they have ever had. We need to create a positive reading environment at home that will help encourage reading for pleasure now and into the future and we hope to be able to inspire families and their children to keep reading to make it fun
We wish you all good health over the coming weeks.
Your donation will go directly towards funding ABC to read’s work to support children and families affected by COVID-19. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed our funding requirements for this appeal, your gift will go to support the core costs for the charity and help us keep the light on.