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Readers' champion honoured at No.10

PUBLISHED: 14:22 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:32 23 August 2010

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A READING champion has been honoured at No.10 Downing Street. Beverley Humphrey, 43, from Ingress Park, Greenhithe, met the Prime Minister s wife Sarah Brown during the visit last month after winning a National Year of Reading award. Mrs Humphrey said:

A READING champion has been honoured at No.10 Downing Street.

Beverley Humphrey, 43, from Ingress Park, Greenhithe, met the Prime Minister's wife Sarah Brown during the visit last month after winning a National Year of Reading award.

Mrs Humphrey said: "Receiving this award, meeting Sarah Brown and visiting No.10 has been an amazing experience.

"Mrs Brown was friendly and she expressed a keen interest in what we've achieved and in the difference that individuals can make within a community. It is so good to know that she really understands the importance of reading in every area of life.

She added: "If you don't enjoy reading or find it difficult there are some great organisations out there to help. In schools of course there is usually a champion for reading in the library. I truly believe that improving your reading can change your life."

Having worked at Woolwich Polytechnic School for eight years as the manager of the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) her main role is heading up the library.

The mother-of-two was among 30 'Reading Heroes' who attended the ceremony and was nominated after launching a writing project called Write Path were pupils from 14 schools around the world jointly wrote a story by adding a paragraph each.

Sarah Brown said: "It was a real pleasure to welcome the Reading Heroes to No.10 and to meet such an inspirational group of people.

"They all have incredible stories to tell, from the people who have learned to read later on in life to those who have helped others discover the great pleasure of reading and books. They all show how reading can enrich and transform lives."

The 2008 National Year of Reading was a year long celebration, ending with the visit on Thursday, February 26.

It is part of the Reading for Life campaign, visit www.readingforlife.org.uk for more information.

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