Kids in school reading to help kids in hospital - what could be better?
This is where it all starts.
Henry's time in hospital is made better by Readathon's regular storytelling service and brand new books. That's why we're supported by BBC's Children in Need, who recognise the importance of keeping children in hospital happy, positive and bouyant in the face of the most challenging adversity.
If you'd like to help kids like Henry, get your school to run a Readathon sponsored read - it's so easy to do. And you can be the one who makes a difference.
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Lauren who’s seven and from Cornwall, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (ALL) in 2014.
“I got this rash on my forehead and didn’t feel well. I had a test and the next day they said that I’d got cancer.”
Mike is one of our Readathon storytellers who works in the south west of England. Armed with his walking stick shaped flute, his objective is to take children in hospital into another world and away from the discomfort of their ill-health. With Readathon’s storytellers like Mike, Lauren has a chance to feel better – for at least a while between treatments.
Lauren is one of Mike’s biggest fans. She loves stories – especially anything about animals – and she especially loved books when she found out she had cancer and had to spend hours travelling between or being treated in hospitals. Her mum said “it was such a nice distraction to have books for company when all we knew was just that she was so very poorly.”
Books kept Lauren company in hospital
Lauren’s love of books and stories were especially important when she found out she had cancer. Readathon’s hospital storyteller, Mike, became a much needed distraction from her worries.
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.
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, plus a mobile bookcase jam-packed full of brand new books which are replenished every six weeks. Join us on our reading adventures!