Our Hospital Programme
For children in hospital, books are incredibly important - they comfort, distract, reassure and entertain. Throughout the year, Readathon provides brand new books and storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in hospitals across the UK. Even children unable to leave their beds can choose books from Readathon’s specially designed mobile bookcase. Because they are brand new, the books are safe for those at high risk of infection.
In the space of just one year, we give hospitals over 25,000 new books and provide 210 storytelling days, bringing the magic of books and stories to over 100,000 seriously ill children and their families.
"The offer of a book couldn't have come at a better time - it turned tears into a smile."
Parent of a six-year-old
“So many of our children spend long periods of time confined to their beds and books open up a whole new world. In these days when budgets are so stretched, it is wonderful to find a charity that can enable us to provide a stimulating environment for the sick children in our care.”
Our books and storytellers do a fantastic job of cheering children up in hospital, we receive thousands of responses from children and parents as part of our regular survey. Here’s a snapshot:
The icing on the cake – Readathon encourages over half of all children to read more after their time in hospital.
“It’s a very special book as he was very scared in hospital; the book reminds him that hospital wasn’t that bad after all and he was allowed to come home and wasn’t in there forever as he thought.” Parent
The difference we make
We receive tons of positive feedback from children and parents – it really is the most wonderful project! Click here to find out more about the difference we make.
Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital
Readathon is now in 30 hospitals across the UK. Find out where your nearest hospital is here.
Misty, age 6, was admitted to John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital, Oxford for corrective surgery. Misty was confined to bed and needed to lay flat for nearly 4 weeks. She felt homesick and scared. One of the few things that cheered her up was being able to read and share books from the Readathon bookcase. Misty always had a pile of books next to her bed and had read nearly every picture book on the bookcase by the end of her admission! Misty also really enjoyed listening to stories from Adele, our Readathon storyteller.
Misty’s mum said “The books are great and provide a fantastic distraction for children – especially during what is otherwise a very stressful time. Misty loved the storyteller, it really made her day. Keep going, Readathon!”.
Readathon’s books help Misty in hospital
Being confined to a bed for four solid weeks would be a challenge for anyone, let alone an active six year old girl. Misty’s mum told us, “I can’t stress how much your service helped during Misty’s st …