Councillor reads aloud for Daybreak’s appeal

Oxfordshire County Councillor John Howson is fundraising for Daybreak Oxford. He has read aloud Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Oxford author Lewis Carroll, to raise money for the dementia charity’s emergency appeal.

The on-line reading took place on Tuesday May 19 at his home in Oxford, which is the day that Oxfordshire County Council should have been holding its annual meeting and when John’s term as Vice Chair was due to come to an end.

John said, ‘As the meeting is not being held on that day, I wanted to put my time to good use. I have chosen this charity because their mission means a lot to me. It is vital that charities like local charities such as Daybreak Oxford are supported, as they carry out valuable work for people living with dementia and they give respite care for their families. I’m really enjoyed the reading and I encourage people to give generously’.

The recorded event is being sent to all Daybreak’s club members and families to enjoy and it is attached here.

John particularly wanted to celebrate Oxford authors through the event and that is why he chose Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He is calling on others to follow his example.  He added, ‘It would be lovely if others did the same, raised money for Daybreak and more Oxford authors were featured in future recordings. This would both help the charity and publicise our great city that I am proud to represent on the county council’.

John has been a Liberal Democrat county councillor since 2013. He is also an authority on the labour market for teachers and is a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University.  He is chairman of TeachVac, the free job matching site for schools, teachers, trainees, and those seeking to return to teaching.

Introduction by John Howson

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

End Note