Milan Kumar, a Bolton schoolboy who became a literacy champion during the pandemic, has donated proceeds from his self-published books and money he has received for Christmas to the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust.
The 8 year-old from Lostock has been supporting the Bolton Wanderers Community Trusts’ Premier League Primary Stars programme as the Young Reading Ambassador.
Each week on social media Milan shares a book of the week that he has read over lockdown to help inspire and encourage young children to read more books.
Recently he has featured in the Bolton News, BBC North West News and BBC Manchester Radio for the royal recognition he received from the Duchess of Cornwall (Patron for Literacy) for reading 50 books during the first National Lockdown.
The Bolton School Junior Boys' School pupil said: “I want to make a difference to the lives of all children who have not been attending school during COVID-19.”
With Christmas approaching Milan wanted once again to go the extra mile and asked family and friends to make charitable donations instead of giving him presents.
Their donations added to the sales from his self-published Amazon books, which can be purchased here, have raised £550 which Milan has donated to Bolton Wanderers Community Trust.
Head of the Trust, Phil Mason said, “Milan is a wonderfully gifted young lad with a great talent for reading and writing.
“He has a very generous heart and his gift to the Trust is beyond words.
“He is a credit to his family and a role model for children and young people.
“We are truly touched by his generosity and for his thoughts for others less fortunate than himself.
“We shall be using the money to support children of Milan’s age who are struggling during these challenging days. We cannot thank him enough for this wonderful and generous gesture of support.”