Kids in school reading to help kids in hospital - what could be better?
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Misty, age 6, was admitted to John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital, Oxford for corrective surgery. Misty was confined to bed and needed to lay flat for nearly 4 weeks. She felt homesick and scared. One of the few things that cheered her up was being able to read and share books from the Readathon bookcase. Misty always had a pile of books next to her bed and had read nearly every picture book on the bookcase by the end of her admission! Misty also really enjoyed listening to stories from Adele, our Readathon storyteller.
Misty’s mum said “The books are great and provide a fantastic distraction for children – especially during what is otherwise a very stressful time. Misty loved the storyteller, it really made her day. Keep going, Readathon!”.
Readathon’s books help Misty in hospital
Being confined to a bed for four solid weeks would be a challenge for anyone, let alone an active six year old girl. Misty’s mum told us, “I can’t stress how much your service helped during Misty’s st …
Emily from Minchinhampton Primary School has great memories of her school Readathon.
“I took part in Readathon in Year 3. I read ten books and It was such fun. I really loved just being able to read fab books one after the other.
It made me realise how much I love reading.”
Emily’s at secondary school now – and still loves reading and wants all schools to get involved in Readathon.
Readathon has a lasting effect
Emily’s passion for reading was ignited when she took part in Readathon in Year 3. Five years on, Emily urges children to take part in the sponsored read to discover their own love of reading.
In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit trilogy of films, Rastick High School turned its library into The Shires and hosted a non-stop telling of the story. Teachers, pupils and support staff all entered the spirit, pulling on their pointy ears, tall hats and furry feet in a whole-hearted homage to hobbits.
Rastrick School becomes The Shires
In anticipation of the film trilogy The Hobbit, staff and pupils gave their Readathon a full Hobbit make-over!
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, a mobile bookcase and jam-pack it full of brand new books every six weeks. Join us on our reading adventures!