Hagan Homes has teamed-up with music legend Dolly Parton to inspire a love of reading amongst Belfast children.
The Ballyclare-based company has pledged £75,000 to bring book gifting project Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Belfast for the first time. Established under the auspices of the Dollywood Foundation, the scheme ensures children under the age of five receive a free age-appropriate book in the post every month.
Now, thanks to the generosity of Hagan Homes, 1000 Belfast children will be part of the Imagination Library story that touches the lives of 850,000 kids in the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, and The Republic of Ireland, sending out more than 130 million books since its inception in 1995.
The Dollywood Foundation provides the necessary infrastructure, but it is made accessible in different locations through partnerships with ‘local champions’. Businesses, education authorities, or simply individuals, they are like minds who support the mission’s goals.
Hagan Homes will now fulfil that role in what will begin as a pilot scheme in partnership with nine Sure Start centres across Belfast. Chairman of Hagan Homes and now ‘Local Champion’ James Hagan said, “We believe in investing in communities. Strong communities are the bedrock of a strong society. Encouraging people to read and fostering creativity from an early age is extremely important.” “We’re delighted to be supporting the Dollywood Foundation UK as it introduces Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Northern Ireland.”