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23 October 2019

Summer Reading Challenge Copeland winners to be presented with prizes

This year’s prizes for winners in the Copeland area have been donated by Morgan Sindall - two fantastic Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Every year volunteers aged 13 to 24 help Cumbria’s libraries make the Summer Reading Challenge a success across the county.  Last year, over 1,000 children across Cumbria engaged in reading over the long school holidays as part of the challenge.

The theme for this year’s challenge was ‘Space Chase’ - celebrating 50 years since man landed on the Moon.
Volunteers helped to run the challenge during the summer holidays, talking to children about the books they have read and helping with a variety of summer activities.

The young volunteers gain useful new skills and experience to enhance their employability and add to their UCAS or job application forms.  Young people can also use their volunteering hours to fulfil the volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme.  Previous volunteers have reported an increase in their confidence, social skills and literacy, all whilst making a positive contribution to their local communities.

The two prizes have been awarded to one of the children that completed the Summer Reading Challenge, and one to a volunteer who spent their summer holidays helping to run the challenge.

The winners were drawn at random by Cumbria County Council’s Chairman, Councillor Christine Bowditch. This year 291 children in Copeland completed the Summer Reading Challenge, an increase of 49 from the previous year. There were also 12 volunteers aged between 14 and 24 that helped run the challenge and spent more than 200 hours between them volunteering during the summer.
Cllr Keith Hitchen, Chair of the county council’s Local Committee for Copeland will present the prizes. He said:
“I’m really looking forward to presenting these awards. I think it’s fantastic that so many young people spend their summer holidays enjoying new books and learning new things.  I’d like to say a big thank you to all the young volunteers and library staff who work so hard to make sure the challenge is a success each year - well done to everyone involved. Finally, a big thank you to Morgan Sindall for providing such fantastic prizes!”

The winners of the annual Summer Reading Challenge, run by Cumbria County Council’s Library Service will be presented with their prizes this Friday 25 October, at Whitehaven Library.