Help a child read, grow and thrive with Beanstalk

We support children who are struggling readers by providing one-to-one support, help us reach more children by selecting 'Support Us'

We did it!

On 26th Jul 2018 we successfully raised £10,264 with 118 supporters in 63 days

Mention “Dragon Fly Teas” in the comments when making a pledge and your gift will be generously MATCHED by them!! (Up to £1,000) 

A quarter of all children are leaving primary school unable to read at the expected standard. Help us reach more children like Ismail become more confident readers by making a pledge today. 

Children who start secondary school unable to read at the expected level instantly start school behind their peers. This results in the child being unable to thrive in all areas of their education, resulting in a loss of confidence and low self-esteem.  In the long-term, children who grow up without the skills to read have fewer life choices and are at greater risk of being economically and socially disadvantaged. You can help change this picture by pledging to Beanstalk! 

You can help change a child's life today by pledging your support to Beanstalk!

Beanstalk places volunteers in schools to carry out one-to-one sessions with children who are struggling or reluctant readers. Your donation will go directly towards funding these sessions. Beanstalk, a reading charity, recruits, trains and provides ongoing support to the volunteers. The children who take part in the sessions are identified by their teachers as being most in need of support and will receive an average of 70 one-to-one reading support sessions throughout the year.

Beanstalk currently reaches 11,000 children every year but we know there are thousands more children who need our support, particularly in areas where reading is a serious challenge. These areas, identified by the Social Mobility Commission in 2017, include Doncaster, Ipswich, Hastings, Somerset, Blackpool and Bradford.


If you pledge then you will  be helping us to reach children in some of the most disadvantaged communities with vital one-to-one reading support.

Here's how your money can make a difference:

  • £945 could provide five children with one-to-one reading support for a year
  • £189 could provide a full year’s worth of reading support
  • £60 could provide an entire term's worth of reading support
  • £30 could provide one month’s worth of reading support

The impact of your support will be life-changing. Last year...

  • 97% of schools said Beanstalk saved them valuable time
  • 99% of schools said Beanstalk helped children to increase their confidence
  • 82% of children aged 5 - 7 years who were classed as below the expected reading level for their age had made notable improvements by the end of the end of the intervention (35% were classed as 'at' or 'above' age-appropriate level by the end of the intervention while a further 47% were classed as ‘working towards’)

"The statistics today on childhood illiteracy in this country are unacceptable. That is why your support for this campaign is so important and will help us ensure more children are leaving primary school equipped with the vital skills they need to thrive in all aspects of their education and go on to lead successful and fulfilling adult lives. Thank you for your generosity"  Ginny Lunn, CEO

Thanking our supporters!

Every supporter of this campaign will receive a special thank you from children receiving reading support, an invitation to volunteer and an option to receive regular updates from the organisation.

Thank you on behalf of all of us at Beanstalk - any donation you choose to make is hugely appreciated and will help us improve the life chances of children across England. 

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