Local authors donate hundreds of Builder Book literacy boxes

Jude Lennon and Natalie Reeves Billing

CHILDREN’S authors Natalie Reeves Billing and Jude Lennon have delivered hundreds of free Builder Book boxes to Liverpool communities.

The Merseyside authors joined forces to assemble 300 free boxes for children filled with items such as books, papercrafts and notebooks, and then set out in a VW camper van to hand deliver them.

The writers are working together through Split Perspectivz, a social enterprise which was created with the goal of helping to make education free and accessible to all children.

Natalie Reeves Billing said: “This has been a labour of love. We set up a little assembly line to create hundreds of Builder Book boxes during the heatwave and it was so exciting to finally get out in the van and deliver them all!

“I feel passionately that all children should have access to books and materials to inspire their creativity and alongside Jude I’ve been delivering boxes to key locations including Clare House, the Liverpool Six Community Centre and The Drive.”

Jude Lennon welcomed the support that they’ve received from local businesses and individuals, and thanked their sponsors, including Regenda Homes, saying: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed in some way to the Builder Book project, be that through sponsorship, book donations, donating to our Crowdfunder, sharing our posts or spreading the word. We are truly grateful.”

The authors, who have donated their time and resources to get the community project off the ground, are hoping that they’ll eventually be able to give out their free literacy resources in more locations, including Cheshire, Sefton and Wirral.