Book Boy hits target

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A LITERARY crusader has reached his first-year target has he continues his plight to get youngsters into reading.

Teenager George Jibson has now taken in more than £1,800 for the Pocklington Imagination Library that he hopes to set up.

It is part of a charity drive launched by country and western legend Dolly Parton 15 years ago, in which parents sign up their babies when they are born and the charity sends out books to each youngster up until they are five years-old.

Pocklington School pupil George, who is 13 himself, began raising money for the cause earlier this year and courtesy of his latest cheque, £240 from the Pocklington and Market Weighton Rotary Club, has reached his first-year target already.

Rotary Club president Stephen Clark said: “George is a remarkable young man. His presentation to our club meeting was truly professional and delivered with confidence and maturity beyond his years.

“What George has and is trying to achieve is inspirational and it is clear that he is passionate about setting up the charity and helping others. We are pleased to support George in his efforts and wish him the success he deserves.”

George predicts will meet the expenses needed to cover 20 per cent of the eligible population in our area, and will continue fund-raising over several years to expand the service and continue the charity’s work.

He said “I just thought it would be a good thing to do. Every child needs books, it is so very important and reading is the base of everything.”