MP Steve Barclay’s Read to Succeed campaign is gathering momentum with over 200 books donated already

Kelly Riddell Tesco March

Kelly Riddell Tesco March - Credit: Archant

Tesco March have joined Clifford Cross Auctions and Tesco Wisbech, in supporting Read to Succeed the campaign launched by local MP Steve Barclay to encourage children to get reading over the summer.

Kelly Riddell, of Tesco March organised a donation of books on a list produced by Mr Barclay’s, with the promise of more to come.

A free reading book for every eight and nine-year-old in Mr Barclay’s North East Cambridgeshire constituency is the aim of the campaign launched earlier this month.

The campaign is running throughout June, with the support of partners including the Bishop of Ely, primary schools, libraries and this newspaper.

The Read to Succeed campaign wants residents to buy a children’s book for every Year 4 pupil in the constituency, which in turn links to a host of programmes being run by local libraries during the school holiday.


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All books have been specially chosen by teachers and librarians and cover a wide range of abilities and interests so all children can enjoy the magic of reading.

Mixed in amongst all the donated books for Read to Succeed, will be one copy of David Walliams new book, The World’s Worst Children, signed by the author himself and illustrator Tony Ross. All Year 4 children have a chance to win the signed copy of the book, which has only just been released and was kindly organised by Waterstones.

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So far over 840 books have been donated at the various collection points across the area.

Both Tesco March and Tesco Wisbech have agreed to be donation points.

To donate you can go to Mr Barclay’s website: www.stevebarclay.net, follow the links and pick your favourite books, purchase them online and enter the constituency office as the delivery address:

Stephen Barclay MP Cromwell House, Wisbech Road, March, PE15 8EB.

Alternatively simply buy any of the books listed from a local bookshop or online and drop them off at my constituency office in March or any of the constituency wide donation points: Topping and Company Booksellers, Ely; Etcetera, Wisbech; March Town Council, Town Hall, March; Wisbech Town Council 1 North Brink, Wisbech; Whittlesey Town Council Grosvenor Road, Whittlesey; WHSmith, 36 Market Street, Wisbech; Tesco Extra Wisbech; and Tesco March.

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