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Headmaster of Old Buckenham Hall, in Brettenham, runs every day for a year to raise money for Schoolreaders charity



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A school headmaster has covered the equivalent distance of London to Barcelona after running five kilometres every day for the last year - all to raise money for a literacy charity.

David Griffiths, head at Old Buckenham Hall, in Brettenham, raised £2,000 for Schoolreaders, which aims to help reduce the number of children leaving primary school at 11 unable to read well.

The amount David raised will provide more than 134 children with a weekly one-to-one reading support session for a year.

David Griffiths has run five kilometres every day for the last 365 days to raise money for a literacy charity. Picture: David Griffiths.
David Griffiths has run five kilometres every day for the last 365 days to raise money for a literacy charity. Picture: David Griffiths.

Explaining the reason he picked Schoolreaders, David said: "Children should be confident, inquisitive and thirsty for knowledge by the age of 11, if not sooner, and any child who can’t read, won’t embody any of those three qualities. Literacy is everything.

“I was struck by Schoolreaders' work with primary schools and really believe in their mission.

"Children who can’t read don’t have a launch pad for success. Schoolreaders seeks to change that.

"If we can engage a local community to support a school and the children within it, great things can be achieved.

“I also believe that schools need high quality reading programmes and a good stock of books of different genres.

"Curriculum time must be dedicated to reading. At Old Buckenham Hall we have a DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) slot every day for fifteen minutes and schools also need libraries and regular author visits to inspire pupils.

"None of it is hard, it just takes effort and creative thought."

David said he had 'fantastic' support from his parents on the 365 day running challenge, hoped his efforts would inspire other children to fund-raise and was 'already pondering' his next challenge.

To find out more about Schoolreaders, go to: www.schoolreaders.org

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