Staff at Specsavers Totnes are taking part in this year's Race for Reading, a scheme that aims to raise awareness and vital funds to provide reading support in schools.

The aim for participants is to collectively travel 25,000 miles, making it 'Around the World in 80 Days'.

Karen Stone, a director at Specsavers Totnes, said: “We are delighted to partner with Schoolreaders for the Race for Reading event and would urge as many people to sign up for this as possible.

“As the majority of what is taught in schools is presented visually, good eye health and strong reading skills are both vital elements needed to ensure little ones keep on learning, which is why we’re pleased to work closely with Schoolreaders in the South Hams.”

Race for Reading is free to join, and every £40 of sponsorship will provide a child with a year of vital one-to-one reading support in school.

Currently, one in four children leave primary school unable to read to the expected standard.

This means they are unable to fully access their secondary education, which will have a life-long negative impact on their opportunities.

There are currently 311 Schoolreaders volunteers helping children to read across the South West.

Jane Whitbread, Founder and CEO of Schoolreaders, said: “Specsavers’ dedication to children’s health and education aligns seamlessly with our mission. We are eager to collaborate and make a significant, lasting impact on children's literacy and life opportunities in communities nationwide.”

For more information visit the Schoolreaders website.