Young volunteers are praised

Young volunteers are pictured in the Council Chamber with mayor Cllr Barbara Rice.

THE 35 young people who gave up their time to volunteer to help run this year’s Summer Reading Challenge have been celebrated.
More than 3,000 children took part in this year’s Mischief Makers-themed Summer Reading Challenge at libraries across the borough.
The challenge, which runs every year, is part of a national reading scheme aimed at encouraging children to read six books during the summer holidays to gain rewards, including stickers, certificates and a medal.
The volunteers who helped library staff run the Summer Reading Challenge in Thurrock were thanked for their contribution during a celebration event at Thurrock Council’s Civic Offices in New Road, Grays, on Tuesday last week (25 September).
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Barbara Rice, said: “The young people did an amazing job supporting the children in Thurrock who took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.
“They should all be very proud of themselves and I am delighted to have been able to recognise their contribution to this important library initiative.”
Cllr Deborah Huelin, portfolio holder for communities, added: “Reading is a vital life skill and schemes such as the Summer Reading Challenge play an important part in helping motivate children and encouraging them to enjoy reading.
“Knowing young people have given up their own time during the summer to help others gives me a real sense of pride in Thurrock and illustrates just what wonderful volunteers we have in the borough.”