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 …
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, a mobile bookcase and jam-pack it full of brand new books every six weeks. Join us on our reading adventures!