Kids in school reading to help kids in hospital
- what could be better?
This is where it all starts.
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In late 2010, Emily was desperately ill and being treated on Ward 15 of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Readathon launched in Birmingham Children’s Hospital around the same time, providing a specially designed mobile bookcase, and filling it with brand new books every few weeks.
Emily chose one of her favourite books from the Readathon shelves, Flat Stanley, which became a welcome distraction and a source of comfort during this very frightening time.
We are delighted that following successful treatment, including a bone marrow transplant from her elder sister, Emily is now fit and well and back at school full-time. Emily’s mum, Jo, says that even now, Emily looks at Flat Stanley every day as it reminds her of just how poorly she was, and how far she has come since her time in hospital.
“Thank you Readathon, for you massive input and fantastic work you do for sick children in hospitals – keep up the amazing, priceless work.”
Emily treasures her Readathon book
After battling serious illness, Emily found comfort in her Flat Stanley book which she chose from the Readathon bookcase in Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Now back at school, Emily treasures her book …
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.
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.
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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!