Start fundraising for Shannon Trust and transform someone’s life by giving them the chance to learn to read.

By fundraising for Shannon Trust, you can help us achieve a future where nobody is left out of learning.

Being unable to read is more common than you think. It affects 16% of adults in the general population. And in prisons, over 50% of people struggle with reading.

Learning to read has a transformative impact on the life of the individual and those around them. It provides opportunities to engage in further education or develop key skills for the workplace, and helps break the cycle of low literacy. In turn, this can lead to a brighter future with reduced reoffending and a better society.

From bake sales and sponsored runs, to adopting us as your charity of the year at work, there are so many ways you can get involved.

Ways to raise funds

Fundraise your way

We love all the creative, innovative ways people are supporting us. If you have your own fundraiser in mind, or are looking for some inspiration, take a look at our ideas and resources.

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Challenges and events

From pushing yourself to your limits, or celebrating an occasion in style, there are fundraising challenges and events for everyone. Whatever you’re doing, let us know.

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Corporate fundraising

Supporting a charity is good for business. Not only does it help fulfil your CSR objectives, it can energise employees and boost public image. Find out how you can make a difference for your business and beyond.

Information for funders

Ongoing funding is essential in helping us develop new ways to reach more learners.
If you’re a potential funder, read more about how your grant could make an impact.

How fundraising makes a difference


£8 could provide a learner with their first reading materials


£35 could provide Turning Pages reading guides and build confidence


£50 could provide training and resources for prison mentors

However you decide to fundraise for Shannon Trust, please get in touch. We’d love to hear more about what you’re doing, and if you’d like us to, we can help you promote your fundraiser.

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With your support, we can help people learn to read, access education and training opportunities, build relationships with their families, and have more hope for the future.