Donation to help pupils as part of World Book Day

Pupils have benefited from dozens of books thanks to a special gift.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 2:49 pm
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 10:26 am
Bedlington West End Primary School teacher Emma Watson and Miller Homes North East development sales manager Julie Welsh, with school pupils.

Miller Homes North East has gifted £200 worth of brand-new books to Bedlington West End Primary School to update its library in celebration of World Book Day.

The donation has been made just in time for all of the school’s pupils returning to the classroom on Monday, March 8, giving them a fresh selection of books available for their return.

Miller Homes has supported the school over the last few years while it has been creating communities in Bedlington.

Patrick Arkle, regional managing director at Miller Homes North East, said: "We understand World Book Day is usually an exciting day for children to dress up and celebrate their favourite authors, illustrators, characters and books.

"As this year’s event will be a little different while a lot of children are learning from home, we’re pleased to have donated over 30 books to Bedlington West End Primary School to help make it a special occasion still.

“The theme of this year's World Book Day is ‘share a story’. Families and friends are encouraged to share stories with one another, which in this current climate could involve a virtual story time with loved ones.

"Not all children will have access to books whilst learning from home, which is why we hope the children will be able to enjoy the new books when they return to school next week.”

Jane Bushell, headteacher at Bedlington West End Primary School, added: "We are delighted that Miller Homes has made this generous donation to our library.

"The children are always excited to hear new stories, and anything that encourages reading and a love of books is invaluable.”

Miller Homes is currently creating a community of homes near to the school known as Longridge Farm. The development offers 149 new homes with a range of two, three, four and five-bedrooms to choose from.