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EIGHTEEN primary children across Portsmouth will have the benefit of one-to-one reading coaching thanks to a grant worth almost £4,000.

Portsmouth-based social enterprise Read for Life Community Interest Company, which also works across Gosport, Fareham and Havant, is thrilled to receive £3,895 from the Ernest Cook Trust educational charity which means its good work in schools will expand.

Read for Life, which has 30 volunteers working in 21 primary schools, will now be able to fund an extra six volunteers to spend an hour a week reading with Portsmouth children and giving them fun games and puzzles.

Joint volunteer co-ordinator Mary David said: ‘We’re delighted the trust has given us the opportunity to extend the important work we do and help more children reach their full potential.’

Read for Life aims to capture children’s interest by using books about subjects they enjoy, and to make reading fun.

It provides each volunteer with a Book Box containing books, as well as games and puzzle sheets.

There is currently a vacancy for a Havant volunteer. To apply call (023) 9266 0083 or visit readforlife.org.uk.