Kids in school reading to help kids in hospital - what could be better?
This is where it all starts.
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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.
St Benedicts Catholic High School were so excited to receive their stash of free books from Readathon, they couldn’t wait to dive into them. The huge delivery of books arrived just before the end of the summer term, boosting their library stocks with the very latest titles in time for the new school year. The school was rewarded with £186.86 worth of free books, which they could choose from Scholastic Book Club’s extensive catalogue, as a result of their fantastic Readathon earlier in the year.
Readathon really is a win-win: pupils at school read so that children in hospital can read AND the school gets free books too. What are you waiting for?
“We can’t wait to dive in!”
St Benedicts Catholic High School loved getting their free books following their fantastically successful Readathon.
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!