Bid for Cornish copy of Topsy and Tim books nears success
A CORNISH language charity is hoping to raise enough funds to have a popular children's book printed in Cornish.
The Kowethas has launched a project as part of a Crowdfund Cornwall campaign to raise the £3,000 needed to get Topsy and Tim, stories about the adventures of a twin brother and sister, printed in the county's native language.
The charity, which works to promote the use of Cornish in everyday life, has translated three different books from the Topsy and Tim series which Penguin have agreed to publish as soon as the funds are raised.
The appeal for funds has so far attracted more than 60 pledges on crowdsourcing website Crowdfunder, where individuals can donate to a variety of causes.
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Within the first two weeks of launching the appeal, the Kowethas has raised half of its target, but more than £1,000 is still needed. Marketing and publications co-ordinator for the Kowethas, Liz Crossland, said: "We are delighted with the response we have received so far. I hope the momentum will keep building so we can get the books printed."
The charity said there is a need for greater resources to help young children engage with the language.
"The books can be used in primary schools already teaching Cornish and if children have books at their level to read, it will really help them. With the public's help and generosity, we will see Topsy ha Tim in Kernewek on the shelves and helping the younger generation to learn Cornish," added Mrs Crossland.
The campaign ends just before 9am tomorrow. You can make a donation at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/topsy-and-tim-in-cornish.