This Giving Tuesday, The Reader are saying thank you to their supporters by giving a little something back.

The national charity, based in Liverpool, bring people together through their pioneering Shared Reading groups where stories and poems are read aloud. On-site at their HQ in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, The Reader will be giving away pre-loved books and sending out a Festive Story and Poetry Selection Box to group members, volunteers, partners and subscribers to keep them reading over the festive period and perhaps encourage them to share it with others.

As Jane Davis, director of The Reader explains: “Sharing stories, reading aloud, this is exactly what people did before television and smartphones. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to switch off from screens and we hope our Festive Selection Box will encourage people to pick up a poem or short story to share instead. It’s a small Christmas gift from us to say thank you for all the incredible support we’ve received this year.”

Giving Tuesday is also the launch day of The Reader’s Big Give Christmas Challenge campaign which will support their work with isolated older people by training 50 new volunteer Reader Leaders. Thanks to Big Give Champions CHK Charities Ltd. and two private supporters, The Reader have secured £24,000 in match funds meaning that every public donation made during the week-long Christmas Challenge will be doubled. To donate visit The Reader’s website and remember, every donation after 12noon on Giving Tuesday will be doubled!