More than 500 books to be donated by the families of KPMG employees to London primary school

More than 500 books to be donated by families of KPMG

KPMG is proud to announce that the KPMG Family For Literacy programme (KFFL) will be donating more than 500 books to the Seven Mills Primary School in the Isle of Dogs

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KFFL is a programme for KPMG spouses and families that aims to combat childhood illiteracy. To date KFFL has donated over two million books to children from low income backgrounds across the globe, in countries such as the US, South Africa and India.  If children don’t enjoy reading and don’t learn to read well, the impact on their lives and society as a whole is profound. Illiteracy and low literacy in adults can be linked to poor employment, homelessness and even health issues.  It is estimated that illiteracy costs the UK economy up to £2.5 billion per annum.

KFFL was launched in the UK at the end of last year with a strategic partnership with the National Literacy Trust (NLT) which is a charity dedicated to raising literacy levels by working to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK's most disadvantaged communities.  KFFL UK founder, Simone Collins, said of the donation to Seven Mills “We are delighted to be able to donate so many books to this well deserving primary school.  KPMG’s relationship with Seven Mills is one of their longest standing primary school partnerships, with involvement ranging from governorship to volunteering activity.  Literacy skills are a crucial part of educational attainment and improving future employment opportunities, so we are very proud to support the Seven Mills students and to help them reach their full potential through this valuable volunteering programme.”

Mike Hirst, Head Teacher at Seven Mills primary school said: “KPMG has been partnering with us by providing volunteers, school governors and in-kind support for more than 10 years.  The relationship helps to demystify the corporate landscape of Canary Wharf which the children can see from our school windows.  We are delighted that KPMG Family for Literacy is donating over 500 books to our school – these books will encourage our 250 pupils to read for pleasure – which is a critical element in a child’s literacy development journey”.

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