skip to content

Archive For 'September, 2011'

King Street School pushes the boat out for Readathon

28 September 2011 at 12:38

King Street's The children of King Street Primary School in Spennymoor, County Durham, had great fun with their first ever Readathon, which captured the imagination of them all.  They even decided to donate to Readathon the proceeds of their special Fair Trade Day, organised by the school's "R Team" (pictured).

The "R Team" is short for "The Rights Respecting Team", who are putting into place a UNICEF initiative to put children's rights at the heart of school life.  

"Congratulations to all the King Street children who read for Readathon and a big thank you to the R Team as well," says Brough Girling, Readathon founder.  "Your school library's 'reading boat' looks a great place to curl up with a book!"

King Street Primary School has since gained their Level 1 Rights Respecting School Award from UNICEF - a fabulous achievement.

Tags: donate | reading | library | | UNICEF

Posted in different ways of raising money | No Comments

Huish Episcopi (fund)raises a laugh

28 September 2011 at 12:05

The students of Huish Episcopi Academy in Langport, Somerset, have hit upon a great way to boost the success of their annual Readathon sponsored read.  On Friday 4th November, they'll stage a special Comedy Evening in their school hall.  All funds raised will be added to their sponsorship total.

This will be sixth year that the Academy has run a Readathon, which is organised by Ms Burrell, the Librarian.  Over the years they have raised over £2,500 for Readathon, which promotes reading for pleasure to children nationwide and makes substantial donations toHuish Episcopi Academy Readathon team 2010 CLIC Sargent and Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medical Foundation.  

"Congratulations to Huish Episcopi Academy for finding yet another way to put fun into fundraising," says Brough Girling, founder of Readathon. "We wish them every success for their Comedy Evening - and lots of fun with their sponsored read as well!"

Pictured here are the star readers from the Academy's 2010 Readathon.

Tags: Huish Episcopi Academy

Posted in Fundraising | Readathon sponsored read | different ways of raising money | 2 Comments »

Readathon founder launches Hawkesbury Primary School's sponsored read

27 September 2011 at 12:47

Brough Girling launches Readathon at Hawkesbury Primary SchoolHawkesbury Primary School in South Gloucestershire enjoyed a memorable launch for its recent Readathon with a visit from the charity’s founder and children’s author, Brough Girling.

Brough spent time in each classroom, reading stories, telling jokes and answering their questions about what it’s like to write books.  

In assembly, Brough entertained staff and children alike with anecdotes about his friend Roald Dahl, Readathon’s first chairman. The children were particularly intrigued by Dahl’s boyhood encounter with Beatrix Potter.

“The free books from Readathon are especially welcome as we are working hard to expand and modernize our Infant and Junior Libraries in the face of substantial budget cuts,” says Mrs Louise Lewis, Head Teacher.

“We are also keen to demonstrate to our pupils that reading and writing are lifelong pleasures of equal interest and value to boys and girls, so a visit by a male author was really constructive. We love supporting children’s charities too.

“I recommend Readathon to any school that wants to enthuse their pupils about reading, to build their library stocks and to find a different way of raising money for charity. With Readathon, everybody wins.”

Brough Girling also enjoyed his visit.

“What a lovely village school!” he remarked.

“The wonderful thing about schools and young people, is that even in today’s economic climate, they are still eager to raise money for those less fortunate than themselves,” he says. 

Tags: Readathon | primary school | reading | boys reading | sponsored read

Posted in free books | authors | school visits | Readathon sponsored read | No Comments

Spring Term Gift Aid boosts donations by £31K

22 September 2011 at 12:24

Filling in a Gift Aid FormThanks to the kind people who ticked our sponsor card's Gift Aid box last spring, we've just received an extra £31K from the taxman.

Gift Aid is worth a staggering extra 25% of every donation given by a UK taxpayer. This is because HMRC refunds to Readathon the tax you've paid when you earned the money you donated. So if you pledge £10, they give us another £2.50.

No matter how small your donation, Gift Aid soon adds up. For the Spring Term, it added up to £31,528.60!

But we can only claim Gift Aid if you tick the box and provide your full name and home address. (The format is shown at the top of each sponsor card.) So if you're a UK taxpayer, do please do fill it in. This tiny extra effort makes a huge difference.

If you'd like to find out more about how Gift Aid works, please click here

Tags: Gift Aid

Posted in Fundraising | Gift Aid | No Comments