Michael O'Mara has donated £15,000 to The Childhood Trust’s Champions for Children campaign, which will help children living in poverty across London, as part of the publisher's Covid-19 response.
The campaign aims to raise £3m in total, with £1.5m coming from The Childhood Trust to match donations.
The funds raised will support 96 grassroots charities that work directly with 100,000 children disproportionately affected by lockdown restrictions during the coronavirus crisis. The charities are delivering a wide range of support, with some specifically focused on literacy, including The Doorstep Library Network in Lambeth and the Bookmark Reading Charity in Westminster.
Authors and publishers are amplifying the campaign across social media, with David Walliams, Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo and children’s laureate Cressida Cowell, along with several independent presses including Influx Press and Galley Beggar, agreeing to support the campaign.
The fundraising campaign formally kicks off on 23rd June, with Michael O'Mara announcing its donation early to encourage others to get involved.
Michael O'Mara also donated 3,000 books to the Childhood Trust over Christmas 2019 and will do so again in 2020.