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New chapter of help for local children

Bertram Books in Norwich has donated two large boxes of books to South Norfolk and Broadland Council to distribute to local children. The books will be delivered alongside food packages to families in need through the Councils’ Help Hub.

The Councils’ Managing Director Trevor Holden said: “We are very grateful for this generous donation, which will bring so much joy to local children. Despite all the challenges faced by local businesses at the moment, it’s heart-warming to see that they remain so supportive of the struggling families within our communities.”

Bertram Books also donated a Jolly Phonics Classroom Kit, which includes books, puppets, a wall frieze, CDs, posters and much more. The kit has been gratefully received by St. William’s Primary School in Thorpe St Andrew.

Headteacher Sarah Shirras said:

“These are a really high quality resource (worth a lot of money!) and are designed to make learning to read fun and accessible for all children. They are the sort of resource that can feel like a luxury to us at the best of times - including cuddly toys, puppets and a lovely hat as well as an extensive range of books and teachers' resources. These are the resources that particularly help children who find reading a challenge - they make it visual and fun. At the present time, with so many unknowns in our school community, we would not have been able to spend money on a resource like this. When children return to school, some will need a lot of support emotionally and with their reading - these will certainly help with that.”

If you need some extra support, please contact the Broadland and South Norfolk Help Hub on 01508 533933. The Hub’s phone lines are open 7 days a week and staff can help with a range of issues, from food deliveries and collecting medicine for those who are shielding, to financial advice and support with issues around domestic abuse and loneliness and isolation.