An international literacy charity has chosen Kirkgate Shopping as its Bradford base. The Global Education Trust (GET) has arrived at 7 Darley Street with an aim to raise child and adult literacy rates in the region. The charity will use the unit to run the Get Free Books initiative in which the public is encouraged to either donate or collect books, making reading material more accessible for all.

Junaid Rahim, trustee at GET, said, “Libraries across the country are closing down or under threat. Our goal is to open a free book shop in every city across the UK. Owning a book feels even better than borrowing, and with our Get Free Books initiative, we can’t wait to introduce more adults and children to the joy of reading.”

The charity needs the people of Bradford to get behind them to help meet their target of 10,000 donated books before Christmas. 3.87 million children across the UK do not own a single book and here in Bradford, the number of children who read daily is lower than the national average. Hopefully this initiative will help improve these statistics.

For those interested in donating, the Darley Street shop will be accepting all books in a reasonable condition six days a week. The public are welcome to visit the shop to select books and anyone interested in volunteering is asked to get in touch. The shop can arrange bulk orders for hospitals, schools and hospices.

Catherine Riley, centre manager for Kirkgate Shopping said, “Improving literacy skills and education accessibility in Bradford has always been close to Kirkgate’s heart, so we’re proud to have the Global Education Trust join us.

“The immense generosity of the Bradford community always astounds me so I’m certain we’ll meet the target of 10,000 donated books. Reading is such an important skill to pass to young children so they grow up with a love of books. GET’s work of targeting adults and children alike is sure to spark a love of literacy in our city.”

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