24 November 2017
CHILDREN across Stratford will be going on bear hunts or classic fairytale adventures this Christmas – thanks to a new programme Santa has helped to launch.
Books for Kids is a new initiative from Stratford Town Trust, which will see books gifted to local children so that they all have a story of their own.
The Trust – a grant-giving charity which awards millions each year to support the community in Stratford-upon-Avon – has purchased the books in the run up to Christmas. The first of these were wrapped and handed to Santa, ready to be given out at the Stratford Christmas Lights Switch-on on Thursday (November 23rd).
Children going to see Santa at his free grotto inside the Town Hall that evening, were given a book as a present, from Peppa Pig to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, or Little Red Riding Hood to Mr Mischief.
Some 250 books were given out on the night.
Further books will be distributed to local children before Christmas, with plans to expand the programme in the New Year, working with Stratford’s schools.
“It’s a small gift from the Town Trust – but one we hope will have a real impact,” Justin Williams, Chief Executive for Stratford Town Trust, said.
“Going on an adventure, sharing a story; books are so important to children and we want to make sure every child in Stratford can have at least one book of their own. We look forward to working with our local schools next year to expand this programme further.”