Kids in school reading to help kids in hospital
- what could be better?
This is where it all starts.
"Readathon are wizards. Spreading their book magic and inspiring the love of reading."
Children's Laureate 2015-2017
Lauren who’s seven and from Cornwall, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (ALL) in 2014.
“I got this rash on my forehead and didn’t feel well. I had a test and the next day they said that I’d got cancer.”
Mike is one of our Readathon storytellers who works in the south west of England. Armed with his walking stick shaped flute, his objective is to take children in hospital into another world and away from the discomfort of their ill-health. With Readathon’s storytellers like Mike, Lauren has a chance to feel better – for at least a while between treatments.
Lauren is one of Mike’s biggest fans. She loves stories – especially anything about animals – and she especially loved books when she found out she had cancer and had to spend hours travelling between or being treated in hospitals. Her mum said “it was such a nice distraction to have books for company when all we knew was just that she was so very poorly.”
Books kept Lauren company in hospital
Lauren’s love of books and stories were especially important when she found out she had cancer. Readathon’s hospital storyteller, Mike, became a much needed distraction from her worries.
Ellie said, “I set myself the target of reading ten books in ten days.
“It was hard as I chose really long books to read. My family were really supportive when I was doing the reading, but my sister wasn’t very happy that I wouldn’t play with her but she did like to listen to the stories. I love to read because you can lose yourself in a good book. Seriously – I can get so absorbed in a book that once I was reading from 7pm till 9pm without realising the time.
“It must be lovely for the children in hospital to listen to stories and be able to forget for a moment that they are unwell. Please get reading and raise more money for this wonderful charity.”
Ellie – you are a star. Thank you for getting involved in Readathon.
Ellie’s reading goal: 10 books in 10 days
Ellie took part in a Readathon this summer, and she loved it. Because she could choose how much to read – she aimed high.
With just 15 pupils, Ollaberry Primary School in Shetland proves that you don’t have to be a big school to enjoy a successful Readathon. During their Book Week, pupils read for an average of 301 minutes per pupil, totalling 3,921 minutes in all – that’s nearly three solid days!
To make their Readathon even more fun, pupils and staff even brought in their pyjamas for a ‘bedtime story’ session.
Don’t forget to tell us about your Readathon – you could help inspire others!
Shetland school proves size doesn’t matter
Shetland’s Ollaberry School has just 15 pupils – but they threw themselves into their Readathon and clocked up an amazing 3,921 minutes’ worth of reading!
Readathon does something amazing. We encourage children to read for fun through our sponsored read in schools and we use the money raised to give books and stories to children in hospital. We give schools free resources with everything needed to run a brilliantly successful sponsored read, and we provide children's hospitals with regular storyteller visits, plus a mobile bookcase jam-packed full of brand new books which are replenished every six weeks. Join us on our reading adventures!