A PASSION for reading is inspiring children to help raise funds for a new school library.

Pupils at Willow Wood Community School in Winsford have already raised £550 towards books.

Year 4 teacher Chris Shone, who believes every school should have a library and every child should have a book, is leading the initiative.

Year 5 teacher Adam Aspinall said: "Willow Wood pupils were sponsored to read for certain time periods over seven days. Whilst being an enjoyable exercise, they also raised a fantastic £240 pounds plus a percentage bonus to spend on wonderful brand new books for our new Willow Wood library.

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Willow Wood pupils took part in a sponsored read

"In addition to the £310 raised at the Christmas book fair, Mr Shone's dream is becoming a reality."

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A library working group made up of pupils and teachers are now meeting every week to draw up plans to create the library in the coming months.

Headteacher Martin Bell said: " I am very impressed by the children's efforts to raise money for such an enriching initiative and also impressed by pupils' passion for reading."