A WOMAN not short on courage herself, BBC journalist Kate Adie was in Bridport this week paying tribute to the bravery of adults learning to read.

Ms Adie is the new patron of Dorset’s Read Easy scheme and she was at the packed town hall on Tuesday to present certificates to graduates.

She said: “I feel immensely honoured to be patron... There are so many things that reading encompasses – the whole of human life put into words... I feel passionately about this that everybody should achieve that point where they feel confident, not only confident, but happy that they can read because reading is about pleasure as much as it is about information, warning and advice.”

Bridport’s Read Easy chairman Christian Tyler thanked everyone who has supported the scheme, especially co-ordinator Vee Driscoll, in its two and a half years and asked that people spread the word. He said, “Since October 2011 we have had 36 people from the Bridport area with 16 graduates... We have done a great deal but there is an awful lot more we can do. According to surveys about one in five or six adults struggle. Bridport has an adult population of about 12,000 people which suggests there are about 2,500 who need help.”

Article by Rene Gerryts of the Bridport News. 

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