MP Steve Barclay’s annual Read to Succeed campaign raises £5,000 in four weeks

Read to Succeed donation by Swann Edwards left to right James Burton, Gareth Edwards adn Russell Swa

Read to Succeed donation by Swann Edwards left to right James Burton, Gareth Edwards adn Russell Swann - Credit: Archant

MP Steve Barclay’s Read to Succeed campaign is in full swing having already raised more than £5,000 with local businesses, town and district councils all donating.

Mayor of Whittlesey Julie Windle presenting a £150 cheque for the Read to Succeed campaign.

Mayor of Whittlesey Julie Windle presenting a £150 cheque for the Read to Succeed campaign. - Credit: Archant

The campaign is now in its third year with a commitment to get all Year 4 pupils a book to read over the summer.

In the three years that the campaign has run more than 3,000 books have been donated.

Fenland District Council leader Chris Seaton with their donation for Read to Succeed

Fenland District Council leader Chris Seaton with their donation for Read to Succeed - Credit: Archant

The Read to Succeed campaign is supported by The Bishop of Ely, Stephen Conway, teachers, businesses and community groups.

Last year, local libraries recorded a 50 per cent increase in children starting the Summer Reading Challenge as a result of the scheme.

Read to Succeed donation by Nestle Andrea Sutti

Read to Succeed donation by Nestle Andrea Sutti - Credit: Archant


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Mr Barclay said: “The generosity of the public and businesses is amazing.

“We have reached over £5,000 in only four weeks and I am confident that in the final two weeks we will reach our target of £7,300.”

Mayor of Chatteris, Cllr Bill Haggata, with Chatteris Town Council's donation to the Read to Succeed

Mayor of Chatteris, Cllr Bill Haggata, with Chatteris Town Council's donation to the Read to Succeed campaign - Credit: Archant

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Donations can be made by BACS, cheque or by telephone.

Visit www.stevebarclay.net/read-to-succeed-2018/ for more information.

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