Children in Need gives Readathon's unique hospital programme a boost
At Readathon, we are very grateful to the ongoing support of the BBC's Children in Need. Through their grants, we have been able to fund our work in several hospitals actoss the UK.
Henry is just 9 years old but has spent far too many months and years of his young life in hospital and is currently on the waiting list for a heart transplant. He's a lively little boy, but so much time in hospital inevitably takes its toll on his spirits.
However, Henry loves books, and coming across Readathon during one of his many stays at Gloucester Royal Hospital was to have a remarkable affect on Henry.
Through Readathon, Henry has been able to enjoy a whole array of books, keeping him entertained and engaged during the long hours spent in hospital. And it's through Readathon that Henry met Michael, Readathon's professional storyteller for Gloucester Royal Hospital. Michael and Henry have struck up a most special relationship, sharing books and stories together, letting their imaginations run riot.
Lauren who’s seven and from Cornwall, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma 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."
Listen to Lauren aired on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show during the week of Children in Need. Hear how Readathon is making a difference to Lauren's time in hospital.