Enterprise Mobility and National Literacy Trust donate nearly 1,000 books to Swindon children

By Barrie Hudson - 8 February 2024


Enterprise Mobility and the National Literacy Trust have launched launch their third year of partnership by donating 925 books to children at 13 schools in Swindon.

This donation is part of a larger initiative distributing 25,000 books across the UK.  

Swindon recipients include Oaktree Nursery and Primary School, Swindon Academy, Even Swindon Primary School, Eldene Nursery and Primary School, Mountford Manor Primary School, Goddard Park Community Primary School, Drove Primary School, Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery, Seven Fields Primary School, Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Oliver Tomkins Church of England Junior School, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School and Hazelwood Academy.

The donations come amid findings from the National Literacy Trust that book ownership is at a five-year low among children and young people, with those from less advantaged backgrounds twice as likely to not have any books at home.


Tolá Okogwu’s Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun was chosen for this book drive. This captivating tale featuring a Black protagonist aims to promote diverse representation in children's literature, allowing young readers to see themselves reflected in the stories they read and providing a glimpse into the lives and experiences of those who may be from different backgrounds. 

Accompanying the book donations are free classroom resources and videos hosted by Cbeebies presenter Gyasi Sheppy and actress Sarah Lewis Obuba.

Jason Vit, Head of Local Areas at the National Literacy Trust, said: "Engaging children in the joy and fun of reading is an essential part of building those key literacy skills that will help them thrive at school, and for the rest of their lives. 

"At the National Literacy Trust, we work across the UK in places facing the biggest challenges, including literacy levels. 

"Through our partnership with Enterprise Mobility, we can reach more children who need the most support and fire their imaginations and love of reading with thrilling books like Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun."

Ryan Johnson, Managing Director for the UK and Ireland at Enterprise Mobility, said: “At Enterprise Mobility, we’re committed to supporting the communities where we operate, and we recognise the profound impact that access to books can have on a child's development and future opportunities. 

"Through our partnership with the National Literacy Trust, we are addressing the concerning decline in book ownership among children across the UK. Together, we are working to inspire young minds, promote diversity in literature, and empower children to unlock their full potential through reading.”


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