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Nominations open for Orpington’s Reading Heroes Competition

PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:30 03 July 2018

School children from Orpington have been taking part in literacy-themed workshops. Picture: Matt Reading

School children from Orpington have been taking part in literacy-themed workshops. Picture: Matt Reading

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Nominations are now open for Nugent’s Reading Heroes competition, which celebrates book lovers from Orpington who are under 12.

The competition asks parents, guardians, teachers, families and friends to nominate a child who has inspired others through books.

Orpington shopping centre Nugent launched the competition as part of the Young Readers Programme – an initiative delivered by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Nugent and its owner, British Land.

To date, the programme has helped encourage more than 450 local children to read for fun in their spare time.

The Reading Heroes competition will be judged by a panel made up of representatives from Nugent and the National Literacy Trust, with the winner receiving £150 of National Book Tokens - £50 for the child to spend themselves and £100 for their school library.

A runner up will receive a copy of David Walliams’ best-selling children’s novel The Midnight Gang.

Nominations can be made via Nugent’s website before Monday July 9, where adults can submit a short entry describing why their nominee deserves to win.

The Young Readers Programme recently saw children from Leesons Primary School, Harris Primary Academy Orpington and St Mary Cray Primary Academy take part in a range of fun literacy-themed workshops, culminating in a visit to Nugent where they enjoyed a group storytelling session as well as educational activities with staff from Hobby Craft, Pets at Home, Waterstones and Metro Bank.

Each school was also given £100 of vouchers from British Land to purchase new books to help grow their libraries.

Tina Powley, centre manager at Nugent, said: “The Young Readers Programme is something we’re really proud to be part of as it has a direct impact on the lives of young children in our community. “We’re particularly pleased to be launching our Reading Heroes competition this year.”

Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said: “Poor literacy can have a life-long impact on employability, health, confidence and happiness, so encouraging children to develop a love of reading at an early age is an essential part of our goal to help improve literacy levels in Orpington.”

To nominate a child visit www.nugentshopping.co.uk/content/were-looking-young-reading-hero-orpington.

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