Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has pledged his support for Plymouth Children in Poverty’s storytelling and book donation project. Plymouth Children in Poverty (PCIP) is WBD’s chosen charity in Plymouth this year.
The society’s latest donation of £2,500 will be used to donate books to children at 27 primary schools in Plymouth. Throughout October and November, WBD staff will also volunteer to participate in storytelling activities in the classrooms.
Clare Elliott, Commercial Manager at WBD’s Plymouth office, commented:
“WBD Plymouth is delighted to support the Plymouth Children in Poverty storytelling and book donation project. Reading can help children escape to another world on an adventure and we hope our donation will help more of area households to enjoy reading together.
“Our team of 12 storytellers are looking forward to reaching children in classrooms across Plymouth over the next two months to encourage reading and promote storytime sharing as an enjoyable activity for families.”
Kerry Bidewell, Development Manager at Plymouth Children in Poverty, added:
“The WBD office in Plymouth is a pleasure to work with. The enthusiasm and determination that the team brings to this project is incredible not only with the funding, but also with the donation of their time and passion. Through this unique combination of support, PCIP has been able to scale the project and will reach, excite and deliver books to nearly 1000 children.
WBD is heavily involved in a strong responsible business program in Plymouth, supporting a number of charities, projects and community initiatives. As part of the company’s 3E social inclusion and responsible business strategy to boost education, jobs and entrepreneurship across the UK, WBD is working with schools and local organizations of the community to bridge the digital divide. During the pandemic, the company made a significant donation of laptops to support home-schooled students who lacked access to technology.
In an effort to tackle food poverty throughout the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, the company has also donated £30,000 to food banks and other food charities across the UK. United.