A YOUNG bookworm has pledged to help her local community-run library after finding out it needed urgent repairs.

Volunteers who run Lechlade Library have recently announced that they need to raise approximately £78,000 for an array of structural repairs to tackle damp and energy inefficacy issues.

They recently set up a JustGiving page where all funds raised will go towards updating the old building through various renovations such as LED lighting upgrades and additional double glazing.

The library receives a £10,000 grant from Gloucestershire County Council every year, but volunteers say this is not enough to keep it economically viable.

Ella Bacon, a year five pupil at St Lawrence Primary School, adores the library and has taken it upon herself to undertake a Readathon challenge in an effort to raise money for its much-needed refurbishments.

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The 10-year-old has pledged to read every day until Wednesday, February 21.

Ella said: "My mum reads everyday so she has turned me into a bit of a bookworm too. 

"Our local community-led library in the town needs to raise some much-needed funds to have some refurbishment work carried out. 

"The library is beloved by myself and many children I go to school with.

"I love the library and would love for it to be able to get the work it needs so I’m trying to help raise some money by challenging myself to read everyday for 30 days.

"If you can sponsor me even as little as £1 it would all make a difference and I would be ever so grateful."

To donate to her JustGiving page visit tinyurl.com/mwb2pwj3