Bolton School Junior Boys

Fundraising Star Milan is a Point of Light

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Milan Kumar in Year 4 has received a Points of Light award and congratulations from Prime Minister Boris Johnson following his incredible fundraising activities to support the National Literacy Trust this year.

As the nights drew in and 2020 came to a close, he self-published his own book: Covid Christmas Parade, about a boy spreading festive cheer during the pandemic. The book is available through Amazon and all proceeds go to the National Literacy Trust.

However, he first gained fame when he earned his ‘Black Belt’ in the Junior Boys’ School Blazer Book Belt reading challenge after reading 50 books in just three months during the first lockdown. He was named one of Bolton’s Lockdown Heroes, and received congratulations from the National Literacy Trust’s Patron, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, and also from one of his favourite authors, David Walliams.

He went on to raise an initial £2,232 for the National Literacy Trust as part of their Fit for Lit challenge, which saw him cycle 500 laps of the University of Bolton Stadium: 50 laps a day to represent each of the 50 books he read for his Book Belt. He then became a Premier League Reading Stars Ambassador for Bolton Wanderers Football Club, and the Education Secretary congratulated him for the money he had raised.

2020 also saw Milan receive a well-deserved Digital Sports Award for his untiring efforts towards the #KeepGMMoving campaign.

After self-publishing his book to raise even more money for his chosen charity, Milan wrote to Amazon to explain all of his fundraising efforts throughout the year, and they donated £1,000 to the National Literacy Trust in his name.

Having now raised over £3,000 for the charity, Milan said: ‘I feel proud knowing I have made a difference to the lives of other children because reading promotes health and well-being. I love reading and learning about the world through books and I want to help as many children as possible discover the magic of reading and all the great the benefits it comes with.’

Everything that he has done to raise money for the National Literacy Trust has now been recognised by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Milan has received a Points of Light award, which is given to outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their communities.


Buy Milan's book and support the National Literacy Trust here: Covid Christmas Parade

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