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