Duchess Camilla reveals her favorite book to read to her grandchildren – watch video
The Duchess of Cornwall has become the godmother of Silver Stories, a charity that encourages young people to read to the elderly
The Duchess of Cornwall has become a patron of an incredible charity that encourages young people to read to the elderly, it was announced.
Money stories was established in 2016 by retired principal Elisabeth Carney-Haworth OBE and her husband, retired police sergeant David Carney-Haworth OBE, in response to concerns about the loneliness experienced by the elderly, an understanding of the magic of intergenerational relationships and a desire to develop a love of reading in children.
To mark the occasion, Camilla, 74, listened to two Silver Readers, brother and sister Ollie, 11, and Tegen, 10, from Cornwall, who each read part of a story over the phone to the Duchess.
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Ollie read The ice monster by David Walliams, who the Duchess revealed she had “read a lot of times” with his grandchildren.
Ollie told the Duchess he reads really fast, but since being Silver Reader he has stopped reading.
Camilla admitted to the children, “I used to read very, very fast. When I was doing a speech I was talking really, really fast and then you have to take a deep breath and slow down and look at the commas and the full stop. . “
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The Duchess listened to the children reading on the phone
Congratulating Ollie and Tegan for their involvement in the charity, the Duchess added: “When you sit alone you feel a bit lonely, don’t you? But it must be so encouraging for them to hear your voice reading these great stories and I think you are doing an absolutely brilliant job. “
During the school term, children read to “Silver Listeners” once a week for about five minutes, reading a story or a poem, thus boosting their reading confidence, fluency, expression and conversational skills.
The charity currently has eight schools involved in the initiative, which read to 43 listeners and they also have 42 readers who read from home to Silver Listeners. The charity currently covers Cornwall, Wales and other parts of England.
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