A dyslexic pensioner from Northamptonshire is ready to start a new chapter in her life, after not only learning to read but winning a college library award for completing the national Six Book Challenge.
Diane Mould, aged 65, landed the prize after reading a total of six books in a matter of months, and celebrated at Northampton College’s official Library Awards ceremony with family who were visiting from the USA.
Having first started learning to read when her husband retired, Diane enrolled on a course at Northampton College’s Lower Mounts campus before switching to the Daventry campus last year.
She said: “Being able to read has made a huge difference to my life, not only in terms of reading books but just everyday life. I can now understand the signs in the shops and out in the streets, it’s transformed my life.
“I am very grateful to everyone at the college and to complete the Six Book Challenge was fantastic.
“The first book I read was Beatrix Potter and I loved that.
Being able to celebrate with my cousin Carol and her husband Paul was lovely.
It’s given me a new lease of life.”
Diane was one of dozens of students celebrated at the awards ceremony in Daventry.
Her teacher, Sara Mitchell, said: “I am extremely pleased for Diane and proud that she has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time.
“She found the opportunity to extend her reading while completing the Six Book Challenge a very satisfying experience and plans to continue with her classes at Northampton College through to next year.
“The presentation ceremony was made extra special for Diane as her cousin from America had just arrived and was able to attend to support her.
“Reading is an invaluable skill, not just from a learning point of view, but for pleasure, information, and for the wider opportunities that naturally occur.
“The Six Book Challenge is a wonderful scheme in promoting the joy of reading.”
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