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An Interview with… Tom Jeffery

Following on from our interview with the incredible Joanna Jeffrey, we thought we’d take the opportunity to have a quick chat with her son, Tom.

We’ve been talking to Tom a lot recently about all things trugs, social media and more, and got to wondering just what kind of answers he’d give in one of our KLU interviews.

One thing led to another, and we find ourselves again with the privilege of interviewing a member of the Read Successfully Ltd. team in our latest Q&A… Thanks, Tom!


Q: Could you tell us a little about yourself?

Tom: Full time Rower! I used to be a PE teacher but now I’m rowing full-time with the hopes of the Tokyo Olympics. It’s a lot more fun than working – hanging out with friends and training all day!

Q: How did you get to know Kids Like Us?

Tom: My mum told me about Kids Like since you guys sell our fun reading games!

Q: What inspires you?

Tom: Doing well inspires me. Whether sport or work, you’ll be inspired by the thought that you can succeed.

Q: How did you become involved in trugs, and what is your role in the organisation Read Successfully?

Tom: I became involved in trugs not long ago, part time. I work afternoons and spend my time working on social media – trying to make it fun and interesting. I also go into schools to do demonstrations of how trugs works.

Q: We heard on the grapevine that there are some new trugs boxes being released – could you tell us a little about those?

Tom: Yes, absolutely! What we’ve done is split each box into five individual trugs stages, making it cheaper for the consumer. For example, Box 1 has 5 Stages, 1-5. What we have done is make it possible to buy, say, Stage 3 only.

Q: If you could host a dinner party with any five people from history, who would you choose – and why?

Tom: Literally don’t know! I’ve been thinking for a while but have no idea. Probably Jesus, actually. 1-1 might be better too, since I’d have a few questions to ask him!

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Tom: I love hiking in the mountains and surfing, so somewhere I can do both! Maybe South America – drive down the coast surfing, and then go and hike in the Andes!

Q: If you were a fictional character, which character do you think you’d be – and why?

Tom: An endurance athlete/explorer?! (Alex at Kids Like Us suggests Allan Quatermain or Indiana Jones!)

Q: What was your favourite book when you were at school?

Tom: Goosebumps

Q: Finally, what are you looking forward to/hoping for in 2017?

Tom: To row for Great Britain at the World Champs in Florida!