National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust Challenge

National Literacy Trust is supported by the I Love MCR Charity Foundation and championed at the I Love MCR Power Awards

Who are we

The National Literacy Trust works to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, where one in three people have low levels of literacy. 

What we fund

It is estimated that over 200,000 children left primary school last summer struggling with literacy, an increase of 30,000 on the previous year. This is a direct result of the disruption to learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This will have a disproportionate impact on children in Manchester, which has some of the highest levels of intergenerational poverty and low literacy in the UK.  While all children have suffered a learning loss, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on children from the most disadvantaged communities. Whilst enduring lockdown, many of these children lived without enough food, let alone books, laptops and space to learn.

Our vision

Read Manchester is led in partnership with Manchester City Council and engages local families with books and stories, and inspires them to make reading a priority in their everyday lives.  With a focus on the area of Wythenshawe, we work with children and young people as they reach each milestone in their education, helping to end the vicious cycle of illiteracy.

The challenge

Read and Ride Manchester

To be completed: 26/09 – 09/10

Saddle up for a read-a-thon with a twist! Do you love to read and have a need for speed? If so, then apply now for the Read and Ride Manchester challenge. Your challenge is to whizz around the city by bike, stopping off at 30 book-themed locations over 2 days. You will be dropping off free books at each location for children and families to find, as well as reading books aloud at every venue. The people of Manchester will be following your journey on social media, so if you’ve got the stamina to pedal a book-laden bike around Manchester and can captivate an audience with your storytelling abilities, ‘book’ your interest in the challenge here!

How to apply

  1. Fill out the application form;
  2. You can apply to as many challenges as you want and the charities will determine the shortlist of the candidates;
  3. Wait to be shortlisted;
  4. Share this page to get votes;
  5. A member of the I Love MCR team will support you throughout your journey and assist in every step of the challenge;
  6. Donate and fundraise* via our official online fundraising partner, Givegain;
  7. Find your inner power, complete the challenge within the allocated timeline and become a champion.

*The challenger is encouraged to spread the word about the challenge to their networks, fundraise and encourage people to donate, however, I Love MCR will be promoting the initiative and helping to gather donations.

Terms and conditions

  • A member of I LOVE MCR and the National Literacy Trust will get in touch with the person nominated and will help coordinate the challenge
  • Books that will be donated will be provided by the National Literacy Trust.
  • The person accepting the challenge does it in their own time and the organisers and charity will not be liable in the event of any injuries or extra expenses
  • The challenge must be completed within the designated dates
  • You will need to commit to attending a video shoot with I Love MCR to help promote your challenge attempt