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."
Children's Laureate 2015-2017
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.
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.
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!