Literacy charity at Kirkgate Shopping aims for 10,000 donated books

A literacy charity which works across the world and in the UK 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 unit, previously on Godwin Street, will act as a base for the charity’s 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 and with Kirkgate’s history of supporting literacy in Bradford, we knew it was our perfect base. 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.

“We would love the people of Bradford to get behind us and help us meet our target of giving away 10,000 donated books before Christmas. 3.87 million children across the UK[1] do not own a single book and only 33.6% of Bradford children read daily outside of school, fewer than the national average[2]. We want to change 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 is welcome to visit the shop to select books and anyone interested in volunteering is asked to get in touch.

Catherine Riley, centre manager at 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 as a tenant.  We’re proud to be offering financial support to help raise literacy locally, and to reduce the environmental damage caused by landfilling and pulping of second-hand books.”

“The immense generosity of Kirkgate shoppers and the Bradford community always astounds me so I’m certain we’ll swiftly meet GET’s 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.”

Hospitals, schools and hospices are encouraged to speak to the shop to arrange bulk orders.

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