John’s Story

In March 2019, our Reader John appeared on ITV’s This Time Next Year to share his learning to read journey. We caught up with John to find out more about his experience.

What made you want to learn to read?

I wanted to write a love letter to my partner.

How challenging has it been to learn to read?

It was hard at first, but it became much easier and more enjoyable as I carried on.

What has being able to read helped you to do that you couldn’t do before?

Supermarket shopping has become much easier – the best thing is that I can now take advantage of the ‘buy one, get one free’ offers! Also, road signs. It’s much easier for me to figure out where I’m going now.

What would you say to someone who would like to learn to read?

Go for it! It really does open doors.


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