The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron of The National Literary Trust, attended a reception in London on Wednesday evening to honour supporters of the charity.
Ambassadors including authors and individuals in publishing and education joined together prior to National Literacy Trust’s annual dinner and charity auction, held at Pearson on the Strand.
The Duchess, Patron of the National Literacy Trust since 2010, was greeted by Chair of the Trust, Dame Julia Cleverdon.
Camilla spent time speaking with a group of author ambassadors including the Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman.
Roald Dahl’s grandson and Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Estate also had the pleasure of meeting the Trust’s Royal Patron.
Following Camilla’s departure, the evening resumed with the National Literacy Trust’s annual gala dinner and auction.
The auction contained a vast range of unique items for attendees to bid on including a signed pair of Frank Lampard’s football boots original artwork from The Gruffalo.
The evening raised £75,000, for the National Literacy Trust’s work to enhance the literacy of some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children.
Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, commented: “The generosity of so many friends of the National Literacy Trust made last night our most successful gala dinner to date. We were honoured to be joined by The Duchess of Cornwall and her ongoing support and enthusiasm as our Royal Patron really pays testament to how crucial literacy is in the UK.”
The National Literacy Trust works to enhance the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most underprivileged areas. These areas have close to 40 per cent of people affected by literacy problems.
It is well-known that Camilla is an ardent reader and has a keen interest in promoting the advantages of reading both to children and adults alike. Hosting numerous literacy events, The Duchess has sat and read to children as well as met with adult readers eager to improve their literacy skills.
In October 2013, The Duchess, launched the National Literacy Trust’s ten ‘Literacy Heroes’ campaign. The campaign began after research disclosed that children feel somewhat ashamed if others see them reading. “The campaign was designed to celebrate inspiring individuals from all walks of life who have either made a significant impact on the reading skills of others or overcome problems with literacy themselves,” noted Clarence House.
Camilla is never too shy to sit down at the many literacy events, including library openings or re-dedications and join in the fun, reading to children. She has noted that one of her great joys is to sit down and read to her grandchildren.