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Brentford helps to tackle book poverty

Fans asked to donate kids’ books at the Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub or at the Bees Superstore

2 May 2022

Brentford FC and the Community Sports Trust have launched a book drive on behalf of the Children’s Book Project with the goal of collecting 5,000 pre-loved books to be gifted to families with few of their own.

The Children’s Book Project gifts 1000s of books to schools to enable them to put on book ‘festivals’ where children select and take home beautiful books that they feel excited about.  The charity wants every child to have access to books they can immerse themselves in and be inspired or excited by. 

In conjunction with the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, the Club has invited its supporters and the local community to look through their shelves, sort out any books their children no longer read and then to donate them at one of the dedicated drop points in the local area.  Books can also be donated at the match day on 7 May.

Books can be donated at any time either at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, by the 3G pitches or inside the Bees Superstore during shop opening hours.

Children’s Book Project founder Liberty Venn said: “Books support children’s emotional development, prompt shared family time and inspire children to view themselves as a reader.  We’re so grateful to Brentford FC and their community for this opportunity to gift additional 5k books into schools close to the club.”

Hannah Barnett, Head of Social, Education and Health Hub for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust said: “Brentford FC Community Sports Trust are delighted to be part of this project! We look forward to seeing how many books our community, participants and their parents and carers donate. We would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions in advance.”

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