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Send us your Readathon photo to WIN a variety of books for your school library

24 February 2015 at 12:19


For your chance to WIN a variety of books for your school library (50 books) send us a photo that best captures your school’s Readathon. Pupils reading in unusual places, reading trees, piles of books – whatever snaps you take we’d love to see them! Tweet, facebook or email your entries to or you can post your photos to Readathon, Nailsworth Mills, Avening Road, Nailsworth, GL6 0BS with your school’s name and post code on the back. We’ll select two winning photos at random from KS1/KS2 (junior) and KS3 (secondary) categories. This free prize draw is open to all Readathon participating schools and you can enter as many photos as you like.

All entries to be received by Friday 1st May 2015. 

Good Luck!

For inspiration here’s a reminder of last year’s winners!

Cumbernauld Primary School, G68 0EL

Cumbernauld Primary School

The Commonwheel, Swindon

The Commonwheel School, Swindon

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Closing date to receive photos: Friday 1st May 2015. All photos received will be entered into a free prize draw to win a variety of age relevant books (maximum 50). The winning entries will be drawn at random after the closing date and the schools will be notified by Friday 8.5.15. All photos received are the property of Readathon and may be used by us in full or in part for future marketing materials, so please ensure you have followed your school's photo permission policy before submitting your entries. Your school may also be named.

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'When You Can Read' a poem by Nimra Aged 7

02 December 2014 at 12:03


We love this poem written by Nimra, aged 7. 



"My daughter Nimra became   particularly engaged in reading   after Readathon was introduced to her in February this year. Since, Nimra's reading has gone from strength to strength and she has developed a real passion for reading."

 Sumeera, Proud Mum


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Readathon photo competition winner(S) announced!

29 April 2014 at 10:08

Firstly, thank you to all schools that took part in our Readathon photo competition. Every entry we received brought a smile to our face and many of your photos now decorate our office walls.

We asked you to send us a photo that showed off Readathon at-its-best in your school. We had so many entries that we decided to split them into primary and secondary categories and select one winner from each category.

I’m pleased to announce that the winner in the Primary School category is…..

Cumbernauld Primary School, Glasgow

And the winner in the secondary category is….

The Commonweal School, Swindon

Winners will be contacted and sent their prizes.

Thank you for your entries. We hope you enjoyed taking part in this competition as much as we enjoyed looking at your Readathon photos! 


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£25 million in 30 years...THANK YOU!

01 April 2014 at 10:51

For once numbers speak louder than words.

Since 1984, thanks to you, Readathon has raised over £25 million for seriously ill children in the UK, and has encouraged millions of children to read.

To celebrate this milestone and to thank you – our loyal Readathon schools; we've produced a one-off biscuit tin and teamed up with our friends Fox’s to fill it with yummy biscuits. We hope you cherish this unique biscuit tin for years to come, as a reminder of the difference you have made to the lives of many children.

So, put the kettle on, sit back and relax and enjoy a yummy biscuit and a cuppa. You deserve it. 

Thank you for running Readathon – keep up the good work. 

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PTAs Love Readathon!

26 January 2012 at 10:09

Cover and pages from PTA UK magazine feature on readingThe Spring 2012 issue of PTA-UK magazine highlights Readathon as an ideal, easy-to-run project for PTAs.  

Some of the Readathon offce team are PTA members for their children's schools, so we know just how valuable these organisations are!

Although most schools' Readathons are run by teachers, we welcome applications from PTA volunteers who are helping to promote literacy or organising PSHE-related activities. A Readathon is also a great way to acquire new books for the school library without using the school budget or PTA funds.

Readathon is suitable for children of all ages, so whether your PTA is associated with a primary school or a secondary school, we'll be pleased to hear from you.

PTA-UK is the national charity representing over 13,600 PTAs across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

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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.

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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

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