The Newmarket Festival joined forces with Newmarket Weekly News back in 2013, launching the Let’s Read Scheme following on from hearing about a similar scheme launched by the Evening Standard “Get London Reading”. The campaign named “Let’s Read Newmarket” called for volunteers within the local community to volunteer in the local schools giving one to one reading time to individuals that would benefit from their time.
The Newmarket Festival has always supported the Scheme and hosted the Afternoon Teas. These are organised as a thank you to all the volunteers for the valuable hours that they dedicate to the local children in our schools and the Scheme has made an enormous difference to childhood literacy in our immediate area. We currently have seven schools that have volunteers regularly attending their schools and giving up their time working on a one to one basis with the children to help improve the literacy skills.