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Duchess of Cornwall backs literacy campaign

08/06/2011 Joanna
The Duchess of Cornwall is supporting a campaign aimed at improving literacy levels among children.

The Evening Standard's Get London Reading campaign is calling for volunteers to go into schools and help struggling pupils to read.

Camilla has reportedly donated £5,000 to the campaign, which will help to pay for the training costs of the first ten volunteers.

"By helping children to develop a love of reading, we can help them to develop the critical skills they will need to reach their potential. I am delighted to sponsor ten new reading volunteers as part of the Evening Standard's appeal," she told the newspaper.

"I hope that many more volunteers can be recruited. Our children deserve no less."

According to the newspaper, more than 400 people have so far expressed an interest in volunteering.

A recent study by the National Literacy Trust revealed that one in three children own no books of their own.

Posted by Katy Kearns

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