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Where’s Wally Fun Run is coming to Birmingham

Staff at Car Hire Birmingham Airport will be hopeful many will take part in the fun run this coming weekend. 

The National Literacy Trust’s charity fun run is coming to Birmingham this weekend. The Where’s Wally Fun Run will be taking place Saturday 4th October in Cannon Hill Park, in a bid to boost reading levels in the city.

The run is inspired by the Where’s Wally children’s books by illustrator Martin Handford, in which readers have to see if they can spot a character called Wally who’s known for his distinctive red-and-white striped shirt, bobble hat and glasses.

A spokeswoman said “Enjoying books from a young age is so important for literacy development, so the National Literacy Trust urge Birmingham to celebrate the joy that books bring by getting dressed up as the iconic Where’s Wally? character from the much-loved series. It’s a fantastic and fun way to help raise awareness of the importance of literacy skills and generate much-needed funds.”

England cricketer Jonathan Trott has joined the National Literacy Trust in calling on runners of all abilities and ages to take part in the fun run in Cannon Hill Park. He said “As a cricketer, I love any excuse to get active. And this event is even better as you can raise money to help children who struggle to read and write. I know the people of Birmingham can get behind this event and make it the best one yet.”

Runners can run, walk or jog 5km or 10km to raise money for the National Literacy Trust’s work to improve literacy in Birmingham and across the UK.

According to the latest Key Stage 2 results from the Government’s Department for Education, released in August 2014, 14 per cent of children leaving primary school in Birmingham are below the level they should be in reading and are starting secondary school already behind.

Taking part in the Where’s Wally Fun Run will support the National Literacy Trust to continue their work in Birmingham. There are 62 Birmingham primary and secondary schools that are part of the National Literacy Trust’s online network, receiving all the latest resources, news, research and findings about literacy

In addition, 1,000 children across 27 Birmingham schools took part last year in the charity’s Premier League Reading Stars Programme, which uses children’s love of football to improve their literacy skills.

The National Literacy Trust’s event manager Anna Jones said “We are looking forward to our first-ever Where’s Wally Fun Run in Birmingham. We’re asking runners, book-lovers and families to join us in this fantastic event and help us raise vital funds to improve the literacy skills of Birmingham and the rest of the UK.”