Reading charity’s gala dinner

Bradford-based literacy charity and Bradford Chamber member Reading Matters, is holding  its annual Fundraising Gala Dinner on the 14th of May at The Midland Hotel in Bradford and is delighted to have the fantastic support of a couple of celebrities.

The current CEO of Bradford Bulls and ex Rugby International, Robbie Hunter Paul will deliver the after-dinner speech and BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Liz Green will act as the compere for the evening.

The Fundraising Gala Dinner is Reading Matters most important fundraising event generating vital funds to sustain the charity’s work.  Last year’s event raised around £20k to provide children and young people with one to one reading support and improve their reading skills and life chances.

Reading Matters helped 6,417 children and young people last year alone.  Their latest Impact Report shows that on average, their programmes improve reading age by 12 months in just 10 hours and also boost confidence and self-esteem.

The charity places mentors in schools across Yorkshire and trains older pupils to be ‘Reading Leaders’ and support younger ones.  They also deliver workshops for parents and carers to help with literacy development in the home and CPD for education staff.

Robbie Hunter Paul, himself an avid reader said, “Personally I fell in love with reading through a similar parired reading activity at school in New Zealand and I have come to understand that reading is food for the brain. It is important for parents and teachers to find ways to enthuse young people about reading and books.”

Tickets for the Gala Dinner, to be held at the landmark Midland Hotel in Bradford, cost £40 each and, along with an opportunity to hear Robbie Hunter Paul, include a drinks reception, 3 course dinner and live music from local band Issimo and dancing.

Looking forward to the event the Chief Executive of Reading Matters, Rachel Kelly, said “We are delighted to be holding another Gala Dinner after the success of last year’s event. The evening is always a lot of fun but crucially the money we raise enables us to help many more children reach their potential by becoming confident readers”.

If you would like to buy tickets for the event or would like to provide a prize for the raffle or the auction, then please contact Reading Matters directly on 01274 692219 or visit their website at

Written on 17th March 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News