Star David Walliams reads to intu Lakeside youngsters

THE UK’s number one children’s author, David Walliams, visited Thurrock last week for an exclusive storytelling session with members of the intu Lakeside kids club. Reading from his bestselling children’s books Ratburger, Demon Dentist and The Slightly Annoying Elephant, David’s visit marked the launch of the shopping centre’s charity partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

intu Lakeside has made a pledge to support parents’ efforts to read more with their children through a series of book donations to local families and by bringing books to life with free family events like the storytelling session with David Walliams.

Alongside this celebrity launch, intu Lakeside offered parents a whole week of free children’s activities – all with a literary theme – which included crafts, Alice in Wonderland storytelling and books of all ages for children to borrow.

Izzie Peskett, intu Lakeside’s Marketing Manager, says, “As the UK’s number one children’s author, David Walliams was the perfect person to launch our literacy campaign. We’re incredibly proud to be partnering with the National Literacy Trust this year and hope that David’s visit inspired more families to get into reading.”

intu Lakeside’s literacy events programme will continue with a storytelling day on Wednesday 19th March. These on-going events are exclusive for members of intu Lakeside’s kids club, which is free to join and parents can sign up their children at any time.

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