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World Book Day, Smart Start and more – how you can support Wood Street Mission in 2019

by Kiran Purewal | 6 March 2019

Wood Street Mission is one of our chosen charities in Manchester. They have a number of events to get involved throughout the year. In this blog we run through some of their key appeals for 2019, and how you can get involved.

Wood Street Mission are celebrating their 150th anniversary and have a lot in store to mark the milestone year. I recently met with Sophie Bell, Wood Street Fundraiser, to discuss their plans and upcoming campaigns.

Smart start appeal

Throughout the year, Wood Street Mission run the Smart start appeal and accept donations of new school uniform, backpacks, stationary and shoes. These items really help to encourage children from disadvantaged backgrounds to engage with school and to feel the excitement of a new school term. Although they accept donations for this all year round, the appeal tends to gain more momentum over the summer period, with the new items then being distributed to children for the start of the new school year. When collating items to donate, it is always really helpful to get in touch with the charity and ask if they have a higher demand for anything in particular.

Book Club Mornings

During half term holidays, Wood Street Mission also run a Book Club morning to give children access to new books, listen to readings and to meet other children who also love books and reading. This is a great opportunity for people to get involved and spend quality time with local children!

Fundraising events in 2019

Fundraising events include the Manchester Run on 19th May and they are also in the process of arranging an abseiling event for those who prefer something a bit more daring. If you would like more information on either of these events, please contact Sophie at Wood Street Mission who will happily send on all the details.

Book Appeal

A new appeal for 2019 is the Book Appeal which has been launched to coincide with World Book Day. The focus that has previously been placed on the Easter egg appeal will now be channelled towards the book appeal. The primary aim of the Book Appeal is to promote learning and to reinforce the value of literature and books in everyone’s childhood.

This really resonated with me, as so many of my childhood memories are connected to the books I loved the most.  Like most children, I loved Roald Dahl books and rattled through all of them really quickly. After reading George’s Marvellous Medicine, I decided to ‘cook’ the medicine, using my mum’s biggest saucepan, an array of her cosmetics and some old paint I found in the garage. I was old enough to know that I’d be in really big trouble and I can remember actually weighing it up and pondering the consequences. I decided it would be so good that it would be worth the inevitable punishment. Just like when you feel compelled to touch fire for the first time, you instinctively know it’s probably not a sensible thing to do but you just have to find out for yourself!

Essentially, good literature triggers those inquisitive urges and inspires readers to seek out new experiences. The book had taken over my imagination so much that I just needed to experience it for myself and this is still one of my fondest childhood memories.

How lovely to pass on the opportunity to create memories by purchasing a significant book from your childhood and gifting this to a child through Wood Street Mission.

If you would like to get involved with any of the above events, you can contact Wood Street Mission directly, or drop me an email and I will be more than happy to help.