The National Literacy Trust (NLT) has raised £75,000 for its work in improving child literacy at a charity auction held yesterday (12th February) in London.
Guests at the auction, which was hosted by Private Eye editor Ian Hislop, bid for items including a signed pair of Frank Lampard’s football boots, original artwork from The Gruffalo, and a writing workshop with Anthony Horowitz.
Several leading industry figures attended the event, including patron The Duchess of Cornwall, children’s laureate Malorie Blackman, and authors such as Lauren Child, Cressida Cowell, Charlie Higson, Anthony Horowitz and Axel Scheffler.
“The generosity of so many friends of the National Literacy Trust made last night our most successful gala dinner to date,” said NLT director Jonathan Douglas.
He added: “Forty percent of children from disadvantaged backgrounds leave school every year unable to read well. The vital funds raised at our charity auction last night will go towards supporting our work in making a difference in the UK’s poorest communities, raising levels of literacy and opening up new opportunities.”