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."
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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 …
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.
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, plus a mobile bookcase jam-packed full of brand new books which are replenished every six weeks. Join us on our reading adventures!