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We're off around the world!

We've set off around the world on our Race for Reading virtual challenge, aiming to cover 25,000 miles (the distance around the world) between now and 19th June. It's a long, old way!

We're delighted to see friends and supporters signing up and making their steps count this Spring whether they are covering the miles by swimming, dog walking, cycling, running or via a different activity!

Lots of people are being very creative adding to our totaliser by racking up miles on a rowing machine (hard work on the arms!) or by climbing mountains.

We are especially in awe of Sophie Neville (who played the wonderful Titty in the 1970s film classic, Swallows and Amazons, originally written by Arthur Ransome). She is doing a sponsored litter pick (and walk) along some of the shores of the UK, from the Solent to Pembrokshire.

As she says in her blog, 'It’s great when things come together. I have a passion to promote literacy, a resolve to rid the coast of plastic pollution and a need to keep fit.' Race for Reading is the perfect challenge!

Alongside, the usual, she's found balloons, barbed wire, bottles, cups, cable toys, dustbin lids, a broken wheelbarrow. On day 10 she's already up to 1,000 pieces of litter. Impressive for Sophie but shocking at the same time. She did find a fantastic treasure amongst the sand and shells though - a crisp £20 note which has been donated straight to the fundraising effort! (Thank you Sophie!).

With all money raised via Race for Reading over the next few months, Schoolreaders will be able provide more volunteers to listen to children read in schools nationwide (especially those with the greatest need). A gift of £30 will fund the placement of a volunteer for a whole school year.

If you'd like to add your miles and help us reach the magic 25,000 miles please do sign up today at


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