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Shannon Trust

Cathy Newman makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Shannon Trust.

Cathy Newman makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Shannon Trust.

Registered Charity Number: 1117249
To Give:
- Freephone 0800 404 8144
- Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal. (That's the whole address. Please do not write anything else on the front of the envelope). Mark the back of the envelope 'Shannon Trust'.
- Cheques should be made payable to 'Shannon Trust'.

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Thu 12 Apr 2018 15:27

About the charity

Shannon Trust supports prisoners to transform their lives. We train prisoners who can read to teach and mentor prisoners who can’t. Our staff and volunteers work with all prisons throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Every year we help 4,000 prisoners unlock the power of reading, enabling them to stay connected to their families and open the doors to education and a better chance of rehabilitation and employment. Jimmy, who Cathy talks about in the appeal, explains the difference that learning to read has made for him:

‘I knew learning to read would help me.’

‘I knew learning to read would help me.’

The chance to learn one-to-one with Ben, another prisoner, helped Jimmy overcome the shame he felt and get the support he knew would help him. ‘It was tough, I was so embarrassed. It was hard learning, I wanted to give in but something kept drawing me back. Ben knew I could open that door, that I could read.’

Photo © Andy Aitchison / Shannon Trust

‘Reading has opened up so many doors.’

‘Reading has opened up so many doors.’

Jimmy now has qualifications and he’s taken courses to help him change his behaviour. All of this would have been impossible if he couldn’t read.

‘If I hadn’t been able to read, I wouldn’t have done the course, there were no pictures to look at. If I hadn’t done that course, I’d have been in a rut and tangled up misbehaviour.’

Photo © Andy Aitchison / Shannon Trust  

‘You remind me of me.’

‘You remind me of me.’

Jimmy went on to train as a Mentor and help others unlock the power of reading.

‘When someone needs help with reading, I can see it. There was a man on one of my courses. He couldn’t read, he’d just throw his arms in the air. I said to him “Do you think I was born reading? You remind me of me.” And I helped him learn to read.’

Photo © Andy Aitchison / Shannon Trust

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