Our Hospital Programme

For children in hospital, books and stories are particularly important – they comfort, distract, reassure and entertain. Read for Good provides a regular supply of brand new books along with storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in all of the UK’s main children’s hospitals. Children unable to leave their beds can choose books from our specially designed mobile bookcase which wheels right up to their bedside. Because they are brand new, the books are safe for those at high risk of infection.

Providing and reaching, every year:



Emma Jarvis, Arts Development Manager from Norwich and Norfolk Hospital explains why Read for Good’s work in hospitals is so vital; while the books and stories cheer up children in hospital, the ripple effects of our work on the wider hospital community are significant:

“The more comfortable our patients, the less anxious our visiting families. The less anxious our visiting families, the more time staff have to carry out other duties. Happier children attending operating theatres will spend less time in the anaesthetic room and will then wake up relaxed in recovery.

Read for Good has a significant impact throughout the hospital and throughout a patient’s journey from admission to discharge.”

“Good books are as important as good doctors when you are in hospital. One makes your body better and the other your soul.”

Adam Bojelian

Our hospitals

  • Aberdeen, Royal Aberdeen Children’s
  • Bangor, Ysbyty Gwynedd
  • Belfast, Royal Belfast for Sick Children
  • Brighton, Royal Alexander
  • Bristol, Bristol Children’s Hospital
  • Birmingham, Birmingham Children’s
  • Cambridge, Addenbrookes
  • Cardiff, Noah’s Ark Hospital for Wales
  • Edinburgh, Royal Hospital for Sick Children
  • Exeter, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
  • Glasgow, Royal Hospital for Children
  • Gloucester, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
  • Hull, Hull Royal Infirmary
  • Jersey General Hospital
  • Leeds, Leeds Children’s Hospital
  • Leicester, Leicester Children’s Hospital
  • Liverpool, Alder Hey
  • London, Chelsea and Westminster
  • London, Evelina Children’s Hospital
  • London, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • London, Royal Free
  • Manchester, Royal Manchester Hospital
  • Newcastle, Great North Children’s
  • Norwich, Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital
  • Nottingham, Queen’s Medical Centre
  • Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Reading, Royal Berkshire Hospital
  • Southampton, Southampton Hospital
  • Sheffield, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
  • Swansea, Morriston Hospital
  • Truro, Royal Cornwall Hospital