‘Right’ said FRED – a charity cheque is very welcome!

The Forest Read Easy Deal (FRED) project is over £1,360 better off thanks to various fund raising events overseen by Cllr Jane Horne, the former Chairman of Forest of Dean Council.


Cllr Horne nominated the project as her official charity for 2017/18 while she was Chairman of the Council and was very pleased to present a cheque for over £1,360 to the FRED chairman Roger Deeks and literacy specialist Kris Ventris-Field.


Speaking at an official cheque handover ceremony at the Council offices in Coleford on 10 July, Cllr Horne said:


“FRED has made a major contribution to improving literacy in the Forest of Dean by helping people who were unable to read and others who couldn’t read fluently. The project trains volunteer coaches who work confidentially with learners on a one-to-one basis. Their results have transformed lives - people who had just about managed to get by without reading skills have been given a new opportunity that opens many doors that were previously closed to them.


“During the last four years, I have also been very pleased to support as my charities the Friends of Lydney and Dilke hospitals, Great Oaks Hospice and The Children’s Opportunity Centre.”


Roger Deeks added:

“We are delighted to have had Cllr Jane Horne’s interest and support. She came to a training session for our coaches and really understands and appreciates the work we do. We were delighted to attend the Council offices today and receive a cheque for £1,361. We were particularly grateful to the Council’s staff for raising most of the money through internal fundraising activities. We greatly appreciate their generosity and support. There continues to be a steady flow of people seeking our help and the support we have had from Jane Horne, in her role as Chairman of the Council, has helped us move forward.”


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