13 November 2019
We are delighted to announce that Coram Beanstalk has been chosen by The Old Vic Theatre as it's charity partner this Christmas. The Old Vic will work with Coram Beanstalk through staff volunteering, a potential reading scheme in the theatre's planned new Annex, and will benefit from The Old Vic’s bucket collections throughout the stage production of A Christmas Carol 2019.

On the Charity Partner scheme, Executive Director, Kate Varah said:

The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol inspires a collective spirit of generosity in our audiences towards those around them. It feels entirely right each year to harness this spirit for the benefit of another charity whose activities align with those that Dickens upheld. Through the creation of the Ragged School, Dickens campaigned to tackle the inequalities of access to education and we are delighted to work with an organisation that continues to address such issues within today’s society. Coram Beanstalk helps children develop a love of reading which will set them up for life.
Ginny Lunn, Managing Director of Coram Beanstalk said: We are absolutely thrilled that Coram Beanstalk has been chosen as The Old Vic’s charitable partner for A Christmas Carol 2019. At Coram Beanstalk we believe that no child should be left behind because of poor literacy skills. Last year 24% of primary school leavers across London did not reach the expected standard of reading. That’s why we recruit, train and place volunteers in schools across the capital and beyond to share the magic of books and to help more children leave primary school with a lifelong love of reading and the skills they need to thrive. This partnership really celebrates the life-changing power of a story and will help us support so many more children who need extra help to be confident readers. We are incredibly grateful to The Old Vic and its audiences for their support this Christmas.
This year’s production of A Christmas Carol runs from Sat 23 November with tickets from £12. To book visit www.oldvictheatre.com
You can Give the Gift of Reading this Christmas by making a donation to Coram Beanstalk. Just £5 will enable us to purchase a book which will be shared between a trained reading helper and child they support with reading each week!