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Marcus Rashford Books at Smith's Wood

Father Hudson’s Care (a local charity based in Coleshill) were recently contacted by the supermarket chain Aldi to ask whether they would be interested in a donation of reading books for school children – needless to say they agreed that they would be!

The idea behind this donation of books was from Marcus Rashford MBE (Manchester United & England footballer) who wanted to get 100,000 school children reading over the summer.  Marcus teamed up with Aldi to set this campaign rolling – he arranged for 100,000 copies of his book ‘The Breakfast Club Adventures – The Beast Beyond The Fence’ to be given to Aldi for them to then share within the local community and as a charity that works closely with Aldi in Coleshill they contacted Father Hudson’s.

Father Hudson’s staff members Andrew Penny (Registered Manager, Domiciliary Care) and Paul Reynolds (New Routes Fostering) contacted local schools to offer them copies of the book – they had already given out over 7000 books to schools in the Coleshill, Water Orton, Kingshurst, Smiths Wood, Castle Bromwich, Bromford and Shard End areas.  In total, Father Hudson’s have distributed over 10,000 copies of the book to various schools and projects.

The books which were donated are ideally for ages 8-11 so they have been distributed to our Key Stage 2 pupils.

Smith’s Wood Primary Academy were keen to receive a supply of the books and we were so grateful to be contacted. The photo shows some of our pupils proudly receiving the books, along with Andrew Penny and Paul Reynolds.

We hope that the children in KS2 enjoy reading their books over the holidays.