Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) has hosted a special afternoon tea and book giveaway to highlight the benefits of reading on mental health.
Almost one hundred copies of the Sunday Times Bestseller, ‘Mad Girl’ by Bryony Gordon, were given away in the initiative run by The Reading Agency as part of World Book Night on Tuesday 23 April 2019.
The afternoon event for staff, service users and the wider Camden and Islington community provided a chance for people to come together and speak with others on why they enjoy reading and the benefits reading can have on our mental health, over a cup of tea and a free book.
The Reading Agency is a charity which promotes reading to support literacy challenges, promote health and wellbeing and tackle isolation and loneliness.
Joanne Scott, Voluntary Services Manager at C&I, said: “The aim of the World Book Night initiative is to encourage those who don’t normally read to get lost in a good book, and we were very fortunate to receive this kind donation of books.
“The afternoon was great fun and encouraged us all to think about the benefits reading can have on our mental health and to celebrate the difference that reading can make to people’s lives.”
As part of the event, people also had the chance to donate books to the C&I volunteer-run book trolley which visits inpatient wards at the Trust, offering a variety of books to service users.If you were unable to attend the event, but would like to donate some books to the trolley, please contact Joanne Scott via email@example.com