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Newham Bookshop and Ambition, Aspire, Achieve win award for project which provides reading materials to disadvantaged children

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:51 28 September 2018

Paula Blake in the middle from Ambition, Aspire, Achieve with John Newman and May Gajjar from the Newham Bookshop. Picture: Ken Mears

Paula Blake in the middle from Ambition, Aspire, Achieve with John Newman and May Gajjar from the Newham Bookshop. Picture: Ken Mears

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A joint initiative between Newham Bookshop and children’s charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve has won a national award.

Newham Bookshop in Barking Road. Picture: Newham BookshopNewham Bookshop in Barking Road. Picture: Newham Bookshop

The project, in which the bookshop provides materials and books to the Canning Town organisation, was one of six to win the Independent Bookshop Innovation award.

The award, run by publishers Pan Macmillan, will see each winning bookshop receive £1,750 to launch a project focusing on community outreach.

The entries were judged by Sarah Clarke, Richard Green, Anna Bond and Sara Lloyd from Pan Macmillan, and children’s publisher Belinda Rasmussen. Talking about Newham Bookshop’s initiative, judges said: “We loved the immediate results that this project will bring to a broad range of children including those with disabilities. Year one will provide book access for 50 families and year two plans to broaden the scheme to a second hub.”

A spokeswoman from Newham Bookshop said: “We are pleased and proud to have been given this award. We are celebrating 40 years as a community bookshop and this will really help us to promote reading with our partners in this diverse community.”


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