A reading charity which has inspired thousands of children to read has thanked its dedicated with a special awards presentation.

Oxfordshire’s leading school reading charity, ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children) held an event in Kidlington on Tuesday, July 4.

Oxfordshire deputy lieutenant Robert Buckledee was in attendance and paid tribute to the work that the charity had done as well as handing out awards.

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The charity’s coveted ‘Christopher Quinton Award’ went to Victor Puddick, who has been a reading helper in Bicester for more than 14 years.

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Upon receiving his award, he gave a speech describing his own difficult history with reading, which inspired him to help children with the same experience.

Since 2008, ARCh and its well-trained volunteers have inspired more than 10,000 children to read.