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Book parcel scheme launched for looked-after children in Scotland

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The Scottish Book Trust has launched the Letterbox Club in Scotland, a scheme that provides educational support for looked-after children aged 5 - 13

It's heartwarming to see the emotional impact of receiving these lovely brightly-coloured parcels in the post - Lorraine Kelly

The Letterbox Club is available on a subscription basis and each child is sent a personalised parcel of books, maths activities, stationery and other materials once every month for six months, from May to October.

The scheme, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013 in England, is now being rolled out to looked-after children in Scotland after a pilot programme here last year.

Lorraine Kelly is a supporter of the programme. She said: "This is a fantastic scheme – it's not just the educational improvement it offers for the children involved, but it's heartwarming to see the emotional impact of receiving these lovely brightly coloured parcels in the post. I'm thrilled this programme is extending to Scotland."

Over 5,000 children are enrolled to the scheme across the whole of the UK.