The Financial Times Christmas appeal to support child literacy in the developing world has raised £2,689,833.
The money was raised on behalf of Room to Read, a charity which builds libraries and schools and publishes local language children’s books and supports girls’ education in south and south-east Asia and southern Africa.
Contributions from readers totalled £792,111 but the total was boosted by special fund-raising events and matching donations from companies and foundations.
‘A gala wine-tasting evening hosted by Jancis Robinson, the FT’s wine writer, held at Le CafÃ© Anglais, the London restaurant of Rowley Leigh, the chef and FT’s food columnist, with wines donated by Wines of South Africa, raised £993,979. An online auction organised by Quintessentially, the private members’ club, raised £55,269.”