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Fusion's support of local education totals £40,000

Further investment will provide pupils at Highfield Community Primary School with vital reading programme throughout 2012 and beyond

Immediate release: 02 May 2012

Fusion, the Sunderland based insurance contact centre, continues to show support for its local community by donating a further £20,000 to Highfield Community Primary School. The much needed cash boost will provide the primary school with an array of reading related materials, initiatives and activities that will help and encourage children to read.

Fusion's partnership with Highfield Community Primary School began in December 2010, when Fusion made its initial donation of £20,000 in support of the school's music programme. Following the success and positive impact the music programme had in the local community, Fusion's pledge to donate an additional £20,000 will secure its partnership with the school for a further three years. The donation will be invested in hundreds of new books, as well as reading mentors and story tellers, in an attempt to make reading fun and interactive for pupils.

Simon Marshall, Head Teacher at Highfield Community Primary School, said: "We are extremely excited that Fusion has decided to continue the partnership and we look forward to what the next three years will bring. The £20,000 donation will help our teachers and volunteers to make learning to read fun and exciting for our students. Many of the children that join our foundation class have never had a book read to them and don't know the world of possibilities and adventures that can be found in the pages of a book.

"The support we have received from Fusion has been invaluable, to teachers and our students, as well as the wider community, who have really enjoyed getting involved with our music programme. I am certain that our new reading initiative will have the same impact."

Tony Barrett, Contact Centre Manager at Fusion Sunderland, commented: "Fusion employees have been involved in the Right to Read programme for some time, working with students to develop their reading skills and this was partly the inspiration for our involvement in the current reading project. At Fusion we are looking forward to getting involved even more over the next three years and doing our best to make a positive difference in our community."