Library development charity Book Aid International has been awarded an extra £25,000 of funding by players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
Book Aid International was first supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery in 2014 and the funding has enabled the charity to open five Children’s Corners in Malawian libraries, launch a digital project in Uganda and increase its book provision to over 1m books in 2015.
The funding for 2016 will go towards launching a new school libraries programme, opening spaces for children in libraries in Zimbabwe and scoping out new geographical areas and partnerships, such as in Sierra Leone.
Alison Hubert, director of Book Aid International, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this extra funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Funding from players this year is enabling us to launch our new Inspiring Readers programme which will bring book box libraries into the classrooms of a quarter of a million African children."
She added: "We will also be using the money to open five new Children’s Corners in public libraries in Zimbabwe – safe, welcoming and vibrant spaces where children can discover the joy of reading. This support will make a real difference in the lives of individuals, families and whole communities.”
Clara Govier, head of charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “As People’s Postcode Lottery continues to grow the amount that our players award to good causes continues to increase. We are very proud that our players can continue to support the development of these fantastic causes.”
Book Aid International, which is based in Camberwell, London, received the news of the additional funding at the 2016 People’s Postcode Lottery Charity Gala. The event, which took place on Thursday 28th January at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, was a celebration of the hard work achieved by charities supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The event was attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, TV presenter Fiona Philips and Dame Ellen MacArthur.
Altogether the People's Postcode Lottery will award 57 charities an extra £1.425m of funding.