Kids in school reading to help kids in hospital - what could be better?
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Daisy was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was seven. After several spells in hospital, management of her condition currently takes the form of an infusion treatment every eight weeks at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge.
Daisy’s mum, Jules said:
“Sitting still for four hours when you’re ten is hard. The treatment is not particularly comfortable, with the needles and drip so she can’t doze or really relax; sometimes some of the other children around her are also in considerable discomfort. It’s a stressful, tough experience for any child (and her mum) to face routinely. But then the other day this orange bookcase was wheeled around the door…
Well, Daisy loves books, but actually the best bit of the bookcase on that particular day was the Readathon storyteller pushing it. He entertained Daisy and another little boy with this perfect story about where fairies came from. They were both absolutely enthralled, he was genuinely first-class, a five-star storyteller. He seemed to have all the time in the world for us and for Daisy, it really was perfect. He then helped the children choose a book to read from the trolley – I think he’d read every one on there – based on what they normally like to read. She was thrilled.
My experience is a little distraction goes a long way in hospital. The storyteller really did brighten Daisy’s day. As a parent, it’s nice to think that the storyteller was possible because of local school children reading for fun. Because she’s directly seen its impact, she’s now going to her School Council to make the case for running a Readathon in her own junior school.
Daisy asks her school to run Readathon
The visits from Readathon’s “first class, five-star” storyteller helped Daisy cope with her hospital stays. Because she’s directly seen its impact, Daisy is asking her school council to run Readathon.
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.
In anticipation of the release of The Hobbit trilogy of films, Rastick High School turned its library into The Shires and hosted a non-stop telling of the story. Teachers, pupils and support staff all entered the spirit, pulling on their pointy ears, tall hats and furry feet in a whole-hearted homage to hobbits.
Rastrick School becomes The Shires
In anticipation of the film trilogy The Hobbit, staff and pupils gave their Readathon a full Hobbit make-over!
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!