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Where your money goes

Primary school children reading library booksReadathon is not just about reading for pleasure. It also raises money for charities and provides free books for participating schools. 

Knowing that they are raising money for charity motivates children to read more, and it adds to their sense of achievement. 

Since Readathon was founded in 1984, our young readers have raised millions of pounds for UK charities. They have told us that they particularly like to help charities for seriously ill children, and so we use this money to support those listed below. Some of their sponsorship money is also used to provide free books to their schools.

The charities we help...

CLIC Sargent logoCLIC Sargent: Every day 10 children and young people in the UK are told they have cancer.  CLIC Sargent is the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people, providing care and support for them and their families from diagnosis, during treatment and beyond. We think they’re amazing. You can find out more here.


Roald Dahl charity logoRoald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity: This charity was set up by Roald Dahl's widow in 1990. It specialises in helping children with serious neurological or blood conditions, providing children’s nurses, equipment, carers and toys, working with hospitals and care organisations or directly with patients. This charity is as marvellous as the children it helps. You can find out more here.


Readwell logoReadWell:  Reading and storytelling make life better for seriously ill children in hospital.  Yet very often these children don’t have access to age-appropriate, good quality books which are germ-free enough to be on the wards. This is why, in 2010, we set up ReadWell, to provide books and storytellers for children in hospital. Now we channel some of the money raised through Readathon – and money from direct donations – to help these children.  You can find out more here.


 Together for Short Lives: is the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting condtions and all those who support, love and care for them. They support families, professionals and services, including children's hospices. Their fantastic work helps to ensure that children can get the best possible care wherever and whenever they need it. There are an estimated 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition that may require palliative services Together for Short Lives is there for every single one of these children. You can find out more here.


Scholastic Books logoTo provide free books for schools

For many schools financial constraints limit library stock.  So we've joined forces with Scholastic Book Clubs to offer free books to all schools who run a Readathon – to the value of 20% of the sponsorship each school raises. 

Schools may also opt to donate their free book voucher to ReadWell so that we can buy books on their behalf for seriously ill children in hospitals up and down the country.