Chris Jarvis reads as part of our 35 stories campaign

July 18, 2018

We were honoured to welcome Chris Jarvis to our 35 stories campaign.  A highly admired Children’s Television Presenter, Chris has been on our screens since 1992 fronting Discover and Do and the Bedtime Hour on Cbeebies.  From this Chris went on to write and star in Show Me Show Me alongside Pui Fan Lee, with both more recently touring the country with The Chris and Pui Roadshow.

Chris had taken the kind courtesy of recording his story for the children in his studio, with Dingley Bear sitting proudly in the background!

We recently played Chris’ footage of him reading The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, to the children and the room had never been so still!  The children were captivated by Chris’ interpretation of the story and were thrilled with the story telling.  Owl sounded so wise and Snake lived up to his slippery name with a voice that sounded cunning and devious.

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It was an enormous privilege to have Chris be with us through the power of story-telling and film to give the children such a personalised and engaging occasion in their day.  Thank you Chris!

Chief Executive, Catherine McLeod MBE said “We were thrilled when Chris agreed to read a story for us, and knew we were in for a treat when he confirmed he would read The Gruffalo. The children were mesmerised as he brought to life one of their favourite stories – not to mention staff and parents, who loved it too!”

Our sincere thanks goes to Macmillan Children’s Books for granting us the rights for publication of this story being read by Chris Jarvis.  They have been incredibly supportive of our work, donating a bundle of books for each of centres.  Books and stories are powerful in supporting children to learn about the world around us.  They take us on journeys into new worlds, opening up our imaginations.  We are thankful for this support to aid children’s development, whilst supporting our 35 stories for 35 years’ campaign.

To celebrate our 35th birthday and all that we have achieved, we are inviting 35 famous faces to our work over the year.  We hope that they will learn more about our work and understand our passion for children with additional needs and disabilities.  We are confident that they will captivate the children’s imagination and take them on new adventures through story-telling; really being part of their day and helping them on their learning journey.

We have many more inspiring and influential individuals reading their favourite story to the children over the next few months.  Watch this space to see what they read and please be in touch if you know someone who would like be part of our campaign.


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