Last week we welcomed our first guest reader in our 35 stories for 35 years campaign. During our 35th birthday year we are inviting well known or inspirational people to read a short story for our children. Paralympic Champion Helene Raynsford joined us at our Wokingham Centre, where fittingly, the children were celebrating a belated World Book Day due to the snow.
With the Winter Paralympics drawing to a close in Pyeongchang, it was perfect timing for us to be joined by Helene, the first ever British Paralympic rowing gold medallist at Beijing in 2008. Helene read her favourite story, The Hungry Caterpillar and captivated the room. It was an absolute delight to watch and be part of the children’s day in this way.
Helene said “I’ve had a lovely morning seeing the wonderful work and environment provided here for the children at Dingley’s Promise. It is so important that we get it right for children under 5 to set them up for life. Dingley’s Promise are providing an excellent place for children and their families.”
Helene was presented with her very own Dingley Bear as a thank you, which she is going to take with her on her travels. We will be sure to share Dingley Bear’s journeys with our children and supporters over the forthcoming months. Thank you Helene for joining us and we look forward to welcoming more famous and inspirational people to our work over the year.