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Bury St Edmunds care home hits the books for World Read Aloud Day

Added on: 14th February, 2017 by Francesca_27017

Bury St Edmunds care home hits the books for World Read Aloud Day

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Tue, 14 February 2017

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Glastonbury Court care home in Bury St Edmunds is inviting the local community to attend an exclusive screening of a short film to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.

On Thursday 16th February, the Care UK team at Glastonbury Court care home on Glastonbury Road will open its doors from 11am for the free screening featuring an international story teller, as well as an interactive reading session.

The film will feature the Storyteller Laureate, Taffy Thomas MBE, performing a story and providing tips and advice for reading aloud.

World Read Aloud Day is an annual event which celebrates the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories, and it is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries.

Care UK has teamed up with the patron of The Society for Storytelling to promote the therapeutic benefits of reading aloud to older people. Taffy is currently the most experienced English storyteller in the country, having performed globally with a repertoire of more than 300 stories.

Home manager, Sharlene Van Tonder, explained why Glastonbury Court is taking part in World Read Aloud Day: “Reading aloud has many therapeutic benefits for older people. It is calming for those living with dementia, helpful for those with failing eyesight, and soothing for those unable to communicate. It is also an enjoyable activity that family and friends can do with their loved one when paying them a visit.

“The film really brings to life the benefits of reading aloud. Taffy is an incredibly expressive storyteller, and he really transports listeners to the fictional worlds in his stories. We hope that people in Bury St Edmunds will join us for a delightful day of storytelling and opportunity to discuss favourite books and classic literature.”

Taffy Thomas MBE, Storyteller Laureate and patron of The Society for Storytelling, said: “I’m thrilled to be supporting Care UK with this brilliant initiative to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. I want to help encourage the community in Bury St Edmunds to share the benefits of storytelling and embrace the power of reading aloud, as no matter what their age or ability, this is an activity for all.

“I hope local people will join the Care UK team and residents at Glastonbury Court for this special day.”

For more information on Glastonbury Court, please call customer relations manager Julie Dennis on 0333 321 1989 or email

For more information on which Care UK homes are taking part in the World Read Aloud Day, please go to

World Read Aloud Day encourages children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. For more information, please go to

For more general information, please go to

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