Storytime comes to Royal Preston Hospital thanks to Children’s book donation

To mark World Book Day (4th March), Lancashire housebuilder Barratt Homes has donated a large collection of books to the Royal Preston Hospital.

Spanning a huge range of children’s fiction authors and exploring a number of themes and topics, the selection of titles donated is intended to inspire little ones, older readers and families to start reading.

World Book Day is an initiative that aims to promote reading for pleasure and offers every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.

In 2020, World Book Day gifted 1.03 million books in the UK and Ireland an encouraged 25,000,000 minutes of shared reading.

The hospital, which is close to the housebuilder’s development Bowland Meadow in Preston, was delighted to receive the donation of books for its early years and teen readers.

Roya Armstrong, Fundraising Coordinator at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, said: We are delighted to receive this very generous donation of books on behalf of the Paediatrics department here at the trust. This very kind gesture will enable the team who work across children’s and young people’s services to help bring World Book Day to life and will no doubt bring many smiles to the faces of those in their care. We would like to say a sincere thank you to Barrett Homes for thinking of us and for bringing some much needed Spring Sunshine to the Royal Preston Hospital Paediatrics Department.

Michaela Lancaster, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “During these unprecedented times, we still wanted children at Royal Preston Hospital to be able to enjoy awareness campaigns such as World Book Day.

“We hope that by donating books by a number of children’s authors, the patients and their parents will be able to enjoy storytelling sessions together.

“Campaigns such as these give us the opportunity to support the communities in which we build and this week in particular is great for encouraging skills such as reading, writing, listening and creativity.”